Holidays and Festivals

Most of the festivals in Cambodia have a religious origin and are usually celebrated in pagodas or private homes.
  • New Year public holiday in deference to Western calendar.

  • National Memorial Day - 7 January - The Vietnamese freed Cambodia

  • March
  • International Women's Day - 8 March - Official holiday in Cambodia

  • April
  • Cambodian New Year/ Khmer New Year - 13-16 April - The New Year's festival spans three days following the end of the harvest season. Khmer clean and decorate their house with altars and offerings. Then they play traditional games.

  • May
  • International Labour Day - 1 May

  • Visakha Bucha- The most important Buddhist Festival. Celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Celebrations take place in the pagodas around the country. People are offerings food and pray together with the monks.

  • June
  • International Children's Day- 1 June

  • Samdech Preah Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk's Birthday/ Queen's Birthday - 18 June - Public holiday

  • September
  • Pchum Ben Day - 16-18 September

  • Constitution' s Day- 24 September

  • October - Early November
  • HM Narodom Sihanouk's Birthday and Water Festival, Moon Festival - 30 October - November - His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Narodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia was born on 31 October 1922 in Phnom Penh. Festivals take place throughout the capital for over three days and a grand fireworks display is organized at the riverbanks close to the palace. The Water Festival - is only festival celebrated with colorful processions. Hundred thousands of people are flocking the capital to celebrate this festival.

  • November
  • Independence Day - 19 November - the celebration of the date Cambodia achieved independence from France in 1953 with parades and speeches of officials.

  • December
  • Human Right Day - 10 December