Cambodia Calendar 2013
Despite its militaristic and bloody past, Cambodia remains buoyant in its celebration of holidays and observances. Keep these holidays in mind while visiting the country.
New Year’s Day – Celebrated by Christians in a country dominated by Buddhism. This is not a public holiday, but is observed by the religious minority belonging to this group.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Victory Day – The Khmer Rouge was notorious for its violent regime, and their fall in 1979 is now celebrated as Victory Over Genocide Day, a national holiday in Cambodia.
Monday, 7 January 2013
Meak Bochea – This is national holiday that, although not widely and conspicuously celebrated among the secular population, is a sacred holiday for Buddhist monks to get together and listen to Buddha’s prophecies.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Chaul Chnam Thmey
Khmer New Year – Literally ‘Enter Year New,’ the Khmer New Year celebrates the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the rainy season.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Labor Day – Cambodians also honor the economic and social contribution of the workers to the global economy.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Preah Reach Pithi Chrot Preah Neangkol
Royal Ploughing Day – Agricultural as it is, Cambodia can be expected to celebrate the start of the rice-planting season.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
King Sihamoni’s Birthday– Although Cambodia has had a military junta in its recent history of rulers, it still embraces its monarchist past. On this day, Cambodians celebrate the King Norodom Sihamoni’s natal day.
Monday, 13 May 2013
Queen Mother’s Birthday– Similarly, Cambodians honor their Queen Mother in the same way as the British do. Queen Norodom Monineath was born on June 18, 1936.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Constitution Day – Cambodia has strong monarchist politics, and the signing of the Constitution by King Norodom Sihanouk is a great leap forward to expand the citizens’ civil liberties.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Pchum Ben Festival
Ancestors’ Day – The Cambodian equivalent of the Japanese Obon and the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, Pchum Ben is when Cambodians pay homage to the departed members of their family and offer food to the monks.
Monday, 14 October 2013
King Father’s Birthday – King Norodom Sihanouk has his own celebrations not only as a monarch but as a champion of the constitution. He was born on October 31, 1922.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Independence Day – This day marks the freedom of the Khmer people from their French rulers in 1953.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Bon Om Touk
Water Festival or the Boat Racing Festival– The Mekong and the Tonle Sap are two bodies of water that are important not only in the geography of Cambodia, but also in the lives of its citizens. This is the day when the Mekong River reverses its flow from the Tonle Sap (lake).
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
International Human Rights Day – In a country where human rights violations have been a fact of political life, it is inevitable that this basic right upheld by the United Nations General Assembly be celebrated once peace and order is restored.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Have a Happy Cambodia Holidays in 2013.!