Holiday in Cambodia 2017

The country is rich in culture and its people are friendly. The total population is approximately 15 million in 2017 with the 25 provinces and a capital city, Phnom Penh. Yearly, there are 19 public holidays, which is 27 days in total. Among the 12 months, May is the month has many holidays, and the date of holiday swaps every year. The 10 public holidays below have been cited from the total holiday in 2017.

Khmer New Year

Every year on 14th to 16th April, Cambodian people celebrate their new year, and the days might be one or two days different depending on leap years. It always celebrates once farmers finish their farming so that they have time to cheer with their family and relatives. Normally, the event is last for three days with 3 different names-Moha Sangkran, Wanabat and Tanai Lieang Sak.

Pchum Ben Day

Pchum Ben is the most important religious festival in Cambodia, and this year, 2017 the Pchum Ben day will celebrate from 19th to 21th September. From year to year, the date of the festival is changing in between September and October. The word ‘Ben’ in Khmer means to collect and ‘Phchum’ means to congregate or to meet together. Before the main three days of Pchum Ben, there are another 13 days for Cambodian people to go to pagoda every morning to offer food to the monks and dedicate to their ancestors. This festival is a chance for Cambodian show respect for their ancestors. There are many religious activities include in the festival. The festival celebrate entire Cambodia.

Water Festival

In Khmer word, Water Festival means Bon Om Touk. The festival is a three-day holiday starting from 2nd to 4th November 2017. The water festival ceremony is the army training to do attest of the army for preparing to do a battle. Besides the regatta, the water festival also includes three other ceremonies: Illuminated float (Loy Pratip), Moon salutation (Sampeas Preah Khe) and the eating of pestle new special rice with banana or coconut juice (Ork Ambok). This is the only festival make Phnom Penh more crowded because of visiting of people from province. The festival celebrates in to main cities- Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

King’s Birthday

On 13th to 15th May every year, the entire country will celebrate King’s Birthday. His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni was born on 14th May 1953. During the three days holiday, there is nothing-special Cambodian people do to celebrate the birthday, but every public institute and private companies normally send the king wishing statements. At royal palace, there is family birthday party, and the king family offers food to servants in the Royal palace. This year, the king turns to 64 year-old.

International Women Rights’ Day

Every year on 8th March, all public and most of private companies officially offer their staff a day off. The International Women Rights’ Day is the day of is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Visak Bochea

Visak Bochea is called Bon Visakh Bochea in the Khmer language, and it is the Birthday of Buddha and falls on the 15th day of the waxing moon in the 6th lunar month – which is usually May in the Gregorian calendar. In 2017, this religious festival will be on 15th May.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Royal Ploughing Ceremony is called Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl in Khmer, and the ceremony will be on 14th May this year, which is the beginning of the rainy season in Cambodia. The ceremony might celebrate in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. In Phnom Penh, the Veal Preahmein Square is always the place. The ceremony is celebrated in regard of warning of calamities, predicting, assuring of good harvest.

Coronation Day

On 29th October 2004, his Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni was officially ascended the throne. Festivals, parades, street events, and firework displays are being held on that day. Cambodian people celebrate that day as holiday every year.

Independent Day

On 9th November 1953, there was a remarkably event happened in Cambodia called independent day. It was the day our former king Norodom Sihanok claimed the country back from French colony. Every year after the official day, Cambodian people celebrate it as an unforgettable holiday. The main celebrations are held in Phnom Penh beginning with a formal ceremony at the Independence Monument Independence Day is celebrated with festivals, parades, and firework displays across Cambodia.

Victory Day

Victory Day marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime (Red Khmer) in 1979. On 7 January 1979, Cambodian army won Khmer Rouge, and got rid of Khmer Rouge regime. Since then, people in Cambodia celebrate the day as holiday.

Holiday in Cambodia is not just about national holiday, but it also celebrates the international holiday as the world. The above public holidays are the days public and most private companies give staff day-off.

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