List of Public Holidays of Kingdom of Cambodia (Kambujadesa) for the Year 2014

Khmer New-Year and during Phchum Ben celebration, we are closed to celebrate with our Khmer family.
As a predominantly Buddhist country, most of public holidays in Cambodia are Buddhist holidays which are based on lunar calendars. There are a number of traditional Cambodia festivals as well, which are also based on lunar calendars. Thus, holiday dates change from year to year.

Even though Cambodia share a number of common Buddhist holidays with other Buddhist countries such as Thailand or Vietnam, Cambodia people have their own calendar calculation, which celebrate the Buddhist holidays approximately one month earlier than Thailand.

One thing interesting here is that Cambodia celebrates 3 New Years every year, the International New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Cambodia New Year.

Please note this is not based on official Cambodia holiday dates. This calendar is based on estimates only. We do not and cannot guarantee accurate of the calendar.

2014 Cambodia Public Holiday Dates

International New Year’s Day
1 January 2014

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

Victory over Genocide Day
Makara - Tuesday, 07 January 2014
The atrocities of the Khmer Regime are one of the bloodiest in the history of the world. But modern Cambodians would rather move on than commemorate the destruction in life and liberty left by the Communist Party, and this moving forward is best reflected in the country’s celebration of Victory Day, or the day when Pol Pot’s regime ended. This day is celebrated with speeches from key government officials and cultural performances while street rallies take place in the capital, Phnom Penh. The families remember the victims of Pol Pot era in solemn ceremonies.

 

Chinese New Year
3 February 2014

First new moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. An important celebration to Cambodians with Chinese origin, however not a public holiday.
 

Meak Bochea Day /Magha Puja Day more here

Friday, 14 February 2014
Held on the full moon of the third lunar month, Meak Bochea is the commemoration of the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 monks to pay homage to Buddha. Seeing this as an opportunity to preach, Buddha laid down the three precepts of the religion to the monks in attendance: perform good deeds, refrain from doing harm, and cleanse the mind. This Buddhist occasion is celebrated by both monks and the lay who participate in candlelit processions around the nearest temples in their vicinity.
 

International Women’s Day – Saturday, 08 March 2014
Interestingly, despite its “colored” history, Cambodia celebrates the social, economic and political contributions of women in their society.

 

Look at WiKiPedia, about Cambodian Khmer New Year, interesting to know: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ  "Chaul  Chnam Thmey".
 

Chaul Chnam Thmey – Khmer New Year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_calendar):

Monday to Wednesday, 14 to 16 April 2014

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! or Enter the New Year : Chaul Chnam Thmey)

 

Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja DayV

(to be determined, but usually in April or May)

Vesak Day, Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha

 

Labour Day

-1 May 2014
A relatively minor holiday. Embassies advise avoiding large labor-related gatherings and rallies falling on this day as union disputes can occasionally turn violent.
 

King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday

– Tuesday to Thursday, 13 to 15 May 2014
Another occasion that pull all stops in Cambodia is King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday. The king makes merits to the monks (food offerings) and the country’s underprivileged, while for three days, Cambodia’s streets are filled with colorful signage that congratulate the king on his natal day.


Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day - (to be determined, but usually on the third week of May)

Being a highly agricultural country, Cambodia celebrates the start of their rice planting season seriously. In a throwback to mid-13th century, Cambodians celebrate “Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl” by ploughing the fields with sacred cows and divining the coming planting season based on what the cows ate afterwards. This ancient ritual is continued to this day by the representatives of the king who perform the ceremony in Phnom Penh.

 

International Children’s Day and Cambodia Children’s Day

– Sunday, 01 June 2014
Cambodia upholds the United Nations’ Rights of the Child and celebrates these inalienable rights on this day.

 

HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday
Wednesday,18 June 2014

Commemorates the birthday of The Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. Cambodians have a deep affection for the queen mother. Even so, this is a minor holiday which does not usually affect travel.
 

Constitutional Day

– Wednesday, 24 September 2014
After years under Pol Pot dictatorship and the ensuing dependence on the Vietnamese, Cambodia was ready to see some changes. On this day in 1993, Cambodia became a constitutional monarchy when the king became the head of state and the legislative body held de facto political power. Government offices, banks and financial institutions and a majority of businesses are closed on this day to observe the political transition of the country.

 

Pchum Ben Festival (Ancestor Day)

- Friday to Sunday, 26 to 28 September 2014
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 so the dead do not haunt the living. This is a particularly poignant celebration given Cambodia’s recent history.
 

Cambodia Coronation Day
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cambodia Coronation Day is the anniversary of the coronation of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
 

Paris Peace Agreement Day

– Thursday, 23 October 2014
Reinstated as a public holiday in October 2012, the Paris Peace Agreement Day commemorates the day when the United Nations was given full authority – by four Cambodian parties, 18 countries and UN representatives who met in Paris two years earlier – to oversee ceasefire, send the displaced Khmer from Thai border back to the country, disarm warring parties, and pave the road for a national election.

 

 

King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day - Wednesday, 29 October 2014

 

Water Festival Ceremony Day / / Bon Om Thook (to be determined, but usually around November)

Millions teem into Phnom Penh from the provinces to celebrate the end of monsoon season. Dragon boats race for three days with the king overseeing. Perhaps the best time of any for meeting the people and enjoying the culture of Cambodia but the capital is impossibly crowded!
 

Cambodia Independence Day
– Sunday, 09 November 2014

Before Cambodia fell in the hands of Pol Pot, it was a French colony until 1953. Independence Day celebrations are held in the Independence Monument at Phnom Penh, where the current monarch lights a victory fire while the country’s key officials and personalities are in attendance. All throughout the day, there are cultural performances, parades along the Norodom Boulevard, and fireworks at night.

 

International Human Rights Day

– Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Despite Cambodia’s dubious record in human rights, it observes the United Nations General Assembly Universal Declaration of Human Rights issued on this day in 1948.

A United Nations-inspired holiday. Unlikely to affect travel plans but government offices are closed.
 

Happy Cambodia Holidays 2014 ! Enjoy !

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