Cambodian Culture

Dates of Significance

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Victory Over Genocide Day (7th of January)
  • Khmer New Year (varies every year, usually on the 13th–15th of April)
  • Royal Plowing Ceremony (9th of May)
  • King’s Birthday – Norodom Sihamoni (13th–15th of May)
  • Cambodian Children’s Day (1st of June)
  • King’s Mother Birthday – Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (18th of June)
  • Constitutional Day (24th of September)
  • King’s Coronation Day – Norodom Sihamoni (29th of October)
  • King’s Father Birthday – Norodom Sihanouk (31st of October)
  • Independence Day (9th of November)
  • Water Festival (27th–29th of November)


Buddhist dates and festivals

Buddhists celebrate the following events according to the lunar calendar; thus the dates vary every year.

  • Meak Bochea Day (usually in early February)
  • Buddha’s Birthday (usually in late May)
  • Chol Vassa (usually in July)
  • Ancestors Day – Pchum Ben (usually in September/October)

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