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Holidays & Observations in Cambodia, 2021

Listing Of Public Holidays In 2021

On twenty sixth August 2020, the Royal Authorities of Cambodia launched a sub-decree No. 131 on the general public holidays in 2021.

January 01 : International New Year Day
January 07 : Victory over Genocide Day
March 08 : International Women Day
April 14, 15, 16 : Khmer New Year Day
April 26 : Visak Bochea Day
April 30 : Royal Plowing Ceremony Day
May 01 : International Labor Day
May 14 : King’s Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
June 18 : King’s Mother Birthday, Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
September 24 : Constitutional Day
October 05, 06, 07 : Pchum Ben Day
October 15 : Commemoration Day of King’s Father, Norodom Sihanouk
October 29 : King’s Coronation Day, Norodom Sihamoni
November 09 : Independence Day
November 18, 19, 20 : Water Festival Ceremony

What festivals are celebrated in Cambodia?

The vitality of Cambodia’s festivals is absolutely one thing particular. Usually religious and tradition-heavy affairs with a give attention to coming along with household and as a neighborhood, the layered that means of those festivals might be troublesome for foreigners to understand. We’ve compiled an inventory of the important thing events to bear in mind when planning your travels in Cambodia.

  • Khmer New Year
  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony
  • Pchum Ben
  • Bon Om Touk (Water Festival)
  • Kampot Readers and Writers Festival
April (Khmer New Year)

Keep away from travelling throughout this time if you happen to can. The nation closes down virtually totally as locals head to the provinces to have fun with prolonged household. The one cause to journey in Cambodia throughout this time is when you have an ‘in’ with an area who can rating you an invitation to their household house. Dates change yearly in accordance with the lunar calendar.

May (Royal Ploughing Ceremony)

Throughout this historical competition, oxen are let free on a wide range of foodstuffs and what they eat is intently noticed and analysed by the Royal Palace astrologers, who’re Brahmin monks. The monks then predict the outcomes of the subsequent 12 months’s harvest for a variety of necessary crops. Whereas not all Cambodians take the prediction significantly (many will brazenly scoff on the prophecies) the pageantry attracts a decent viewers in particular person and when performed on tv. Actual date and site change yearly.

September (Pchum Ben)

This 15-day competition is for honouring the useless and ensuring they don’t return to feast upon the pus and blood (sure, it’s that particular) of the residing. Many Cambodians residing and dealing in Phnom Penh head to the provinces and devotees descend on Cambodia’s wats with choices of meals and money for monks and beggars. Not like Khmer New Yr, nonetheless, issues preserve working. If you’re in Cambodia throughout this time, head to a wat (temple) for an fascinating take a look at a singular custom.

November / Bon Om Touk (Water Festival)

When it’s not cancelled as a consequence of drought (which is fairly widespread) the Water Competition attracts thousands and thousands of Cambodians to the banks of Phnom Penh’s Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers to look at conventional boat races. Be ready for town’s already crowded streets to achieve new heights of congestion. Safety and crowd management have improved barely because the deaths of 353 folks throughout a stampede on the competition in 2010, however that is nonetheless a reasonably chaotic occasion. Don’t anticipate to have the ability to get in – or out – of the capital with ease within the days earlier than or after the competition.

Kampot Readers and Writers Festival

Whereas it hasn’t operated yearly since its inauguration, the Kampot Readers and Writers Competition is certainly price testing if it coincides along with your go to. The cafes, bars and sidewalks of this sleepy city make a tranquil setting for the literary competition, which options Cambodian and overseas artists in efficiency and in dialogue.

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