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Public Holidays in Cambodia 2019

Please note that many public holidays in Cambodia are either traditional festivals or Buddhist holidays, which are based on lunar calendars; thus, the holiday dates change from year to year.

International New Year’s Day

The celebration of New Year’s Eve has become more and more popular in Cambodia; although not an official holiday, many offices are closed.
Saturday, 1 January 2019

Victory over Genocide Day

This national holiday commemorates Vietnamese-backed troops taking the capital from the Khmer Rouge in 1979. It marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime after their defeat to the Vietnamese.
Friday, 7 January 2019

Chinese New Year

First new moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. An important celebration to Cambodians of Chinese origin.
Thursday, 03 February 2019

Meak Bochea Day / Magha Puja Day

An important Buddhist holy day celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Buddhist Calendar. The month is known in the Thai language as Makha (Pali: Magha). Bucha, also a Thai word (Pali: Puja), meaning to venerate or to honor. As such, Makha Bucha Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings.
Friday, 18 February 2019


Cambodian Khmer New Year / Chaul Chnam Thmey

Possibly Cambodia’s most important holiday. The cities empty as Cambodians rush to spend the holiday with family. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year’s Day. This time of the year is at the end of the harvesting season. The farmers enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax before the rainy season begins. Gifts and tips are especially auspicious during April and should be accompanied with the phrase ‘Sok Sabay, Ch’nam Tmey’ (Happy New Year!)
Thursday, 14 April 2019
Friday, 15 April 2019
Saturday, 16 April 2019

Women’s Day

This United Nations-inspired holiday.
Tuesday, 8 March 2019

Labour Day

A relatively minor holiday. Embassies advise avoiding large labor-related gatherings and rallies falling on this day.
Sunday, 1 May 2019

HM King Sihamoni’s Birthday

Commemorates the birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May 1953. The current king was crowned in 2004 after the abdication of his father, Norodom Sihanouk.
Friday, 13 May 2019
Saturday, 14 May 2019
Sunday, 15 May 201
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Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja Day

Vesak Day, Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha
Tuesday, 17 May 2019

Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony

Known in Cambodia as Pithi Chrat Preah Neangkol, this public holiday corresponds to the start of the planting season. Royal astrologers will predict the coming season’s weather.
Saturday, 21 May 2019

HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday

Commemorates the birthday of The Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
Saturday, 18 June 2019

Pchum Ben Day

Festival of the Ancestors. Buddhist tradition demands Cambodians visit many pagodas over two weeks. Food, flowers, rice and gifts are given to the monks to convey to the afterlife.
Monday, 26 September 2019
Tuesday, 27 September 2019
Wednesday, 28 September 2019

Former HM King Sihanouk’s Birthday

Commemorates the day of birth of HM King Sihanouk.
Monday, 31 October 2019

Cambodia Independence Day

Marks anniversary of independence from France. King Sihamoni visits Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.
Wednesday, 9 November 2019

Water Festival / Bon Om Thook

Millions flock to Phnom Penh from the provinces to celebrate the end of monsoon season. Dragon boats race for three days with the king overseeing.
Wednesday, 09 November 2019
Thursday, 10 November 2019
Friday, 11 November 2019

Human Rights Day

A United Nations-inspired holiday. Unlikely to affect travel plans but government offices are closed.
Saturday, 10 December 2019

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