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List of Public Holidays in Cambodia for Year 2011

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 shares 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.

2011 Cambodia Public Holiday Dates

International New Year’s Day

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.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Victory over Genocide Day

This national holiday marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime .

Friday, 7 January 2011

Chinese New Year

First new moon in the Chinese lunar calendar is an important celebration to Cambodians with Chinese origin; however it is not a public holiday.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

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 2011

Women’s Day

This United Nations-inspired holiday, International day for women has become a big deal. Don’t hope to get anything done.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Cambodian Khmer New Year / Chaul Chnam Thmey

Possibly, it is 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 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Labour Day

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

Sunday, 1 May 2011

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 2011

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja Day

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

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

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 2011

HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday

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.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Cambodia Constitution Day

A public holiday called to celebrate the anniversary signing of the Cambodian new constitution by King Sihanouk on 24 September 1993

Saturday, 24 September 2011

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 so the dead do not haunt the living. This is a particularly poignant celebration given Cambodia’s recent history.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Cambodia Coronation Day

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

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Former HM King Sihanouk’s Birthday

Retired king Sihanouk is indisputably Cambodia’s most important modern monarch and still widely regarded as divine.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Cambodia Independence Day

Marks anniversary of independence from France. King Sihamoni visits Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Water Festival / Bon Om Thook

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!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

Human Rights Day

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

Saturday, 10 December 2011


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