Public Holidays IN CAMBODIA
Holiday Calendar for Public Servants, Employee and
Workers (Year 2008)
January 01, International New Year's Day
January 07, Victory Day over Genocide
February 21, Meak Bochea Day
Buddhist Ceremony held during the full moon of the month
of Meak Bochea in commemoration of the spontaneous
gathering of the monks to listen to the buddha's
08 March 2007, International Women's Day
April 13 - 14 - 15, Khmer New Year
The New Year Festival spans three days following the end
of the harvest season. People clean and decorate their
houses with altars of offerings. People play many
traditional games at this time of the year.
May 01, International Labor Day
May 13 - 14 - 15, King's Birthday
Royal Birthday of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah
Boromoneath NORODOM SIHAMONI
May 19, Visaka Bochea Day
Birthday of Buddha
23, Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal (Royal Ploughing Ceremony).
The Royal Ploughing ceremony starts the planting season.
It is performed by a man (King of Meakh) who leads the
yoke and plough, and a woman (Queen Me Hour) who sows
seeds. The sacred cows are led to silver trays
containing rice, corn and other foods. Based on their
choice, predictions are made for the coming year.
June 01, International Children's Day
Her Majesty Samdech Preah Reach Aka Mohesey NORODOM
MONINEATH SIHANOUK's Birthday
Constitution's Day and Recoronation Day of H.M. Preah
Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK
September 28-29-30, Bonn Pchum Ben
Phchum Ben is a celebration where people bring offerings
to the Monks, and spend a day of worship at the pagoda.
Coronation of King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromoneath
October 31, King's Birthday
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK's
Birthday Festivities are held throughout the capital
November 09, Independence Day
The date Cambodia achieved independence from France in
1953 is marked by a parade of spectacular floats
highlighting the nation's achievements.
November 11-12-13, Water and Moon Festival
Bonn Om Touk (Water and Moon Festival). A three-day
festival not only marks the reversing of the current in
the Tonle Sap river but ushers in the fishing season as
well. The highlight of this event is the boat race in
which more than 200 teams compete over three days for
the top prize. As night falls, fireworks light the sky
and a lighted flotilla of boats sail under the full
December 10, International Human Right's Day.
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