Holidays & Festivals In Cambodia

The “Kingdom of Wonder” never ceases to amaze. There are so many cultural events and festivals, you are bound to soak up the atmosphere of some of them while you travel in the region. Better yet, you can plan your travels to make sure you’re here for them! Here’s a list of official public holidays and major festivals to note:

Date Holiday Comments
January 01 International New Year Day Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian New Year
January 07 Victory over Genocide Day Marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979
February 03 Meak Bochea Day Date varies depending on the lunar cycle
March 09 International Women’s Day (observed)  
April 14 Khmer New Year Day First day of Cambodian New Year
April 15 Khmer New Year Holiday Second day of Cambodian New Year
April 16 Khmer New Year Holiday Third day of Cambodian New Year
May 01 International Labour Day Established to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers
May 03 Visak Bochea Day Birth of Buddha
May 04 Visak Bochea Holiday  
May 07 Royal Plowing Ceremony Marks the start of the planting season.
May 13 King’s Birthday HM King Norodom Sihamoni was born on May 14, 1953
May 14 King’s Birthday Holiday  
May 15 King’s Birthday Holiday  
June 01 Children’s Day International and Cambodian Children’s Day
June 18 Kings Mother Birthday Queen Mother Norodom Monineath was born on June 18, 1936.
September 24 Constitutional Day Celebrates the signing of the constitution in 1993
September 28 Ancestors Day A Buddhist holiday dedicated to honouring deceased relatives
September 29 Ancestors Day Holiday  
October 15 Commemoration Day of King’s Father HM Norodom Sihanouk died on 15 October 2012
October 23 Paris Peace Agreements Day Commemorates the Treaty of Paris on 23 October 1991
October 29 King’s Coronation Day Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation was on 29 October 2004
November 09 Independence Day Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953.
November 24 Water Festival Ceremony Boat racing festival to mark the annual change in the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers
December 10 International Human Rights Day Marks the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights