There are many exciting events, festivals and celebrations in Cambodia to experience throughout the year. Visit the individual destination guides below to see whats happening locally!
Tuesday, 7 February 2012 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 ancient Khmer capital with its spectacular temples combined with a selection of romantic boutique hotels and spa facilities offers a unique atmosphere and romantic getaway which makes it perfect to celebrate Valentine's Day in Siem Reap with your loved one.
This United Nations-inspired holiday, International day for women has become a big deal. Don’t hope to get anything done.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Possibly Cambodia’s most important holiday. The cities empty as Cambodians rush to spend the holiday with family.
Lasting three full days in mid-April, Khmer New Year is, arguably, the most popular festival and national holiday in Cambodia with families getting together and enjoying celebrations and relaxation.
Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey in Khmer is the name of the holiday that celebrates the New Year in Cambodia. The holiday lasts for three days usually starting on April 13th or 14th and is a similar time to the Thai and Lao New Year celebrations as well.
Khmer New Year is the happiest time of the year in Cambodia. Everybody has a great time and smiling faces are found all around.
Chat Preah Nengkal, or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, is an annual agricultural festival held near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The Royal Ploughing ceremony is held in early May each year and all Government offices, banks etc. close for the day.
The ancient cultural Traditional Khmer dancing and Apsara dance performances are performed on a regular basis in various locations in Siem Reap and Cambodia.
Vesak Day 2012, Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May, 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.
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.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
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.
Monday, 18 June 2012
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.
A public holiday called to celebrate the anniversary signing of the Cambodian new constitution by King Sihanouk on 24 September 1993
Monday, 24 September 2012
Seafood is the speciality of Sihanoukville, with giant prawns, crabs, squid and fresh ocean fish being particularly popular. A number of little bars and restaurants line the beaches, and it is even possible to sit back and enjoy some fresh seafood right on the beach.
Bonn Kathen - A religious festival marking the end of Buddhist Lent with people all over the country conducting, reverent slow processions to their local temple.
15 October is a national holiday to commemorate the memory of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk - also known as 'The King-Father of Cambodia'.
Cambodia Coronation Day is the anniversary of the coronation of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
Monday, 29 October 2012
Retired king Sihanouk is indisputably Cambodia’s most important modern monarch and still widely regarded as divine.
31 October 2012
The annual water festival marks the reversal flow of the Tonle Sap River and is spectacularly celebrated in Phnom Penh. Cultural displays including traditional boat races make up a fantastic few days of celebration and fun.
Marks anniversary of independence from France. King Sihamoni visits Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.
9 November 2012
Cambodia's Independence Day is on 9 November and this national holiday was established to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953.
A United Nations-inspired holiday. Unlikely to affect travel plans but government offices are closed.10 December 2012
Christmas is not widely celebrated in Cambodia, but it is the absolute peak season in Phnom Penh and Cambodia, so make sure you reserve your accommodation early as many of the most popular places tend to be booked out early.
You will find a range of special events and dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve in various Sihanoukville hotels and restaurants.
Even though Christmas is not widely celebrated in the Cambodian countryside, there is a range of special events and gala dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve in various Siem Reap hotels and restaurants during the holiday season.
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.