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 (Buddhist Lent) (usually in July)
  • Pchum Ben/Ancestors Day (usually in September/October)
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Cambodia
  • Population
    15,957,223
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Khmer (Official) (96.3%)
    Other (3.7%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Religions
    Buddhism (Official) (96.9%)
    Islam (1.9%)
    Christianity (0.4%)
    Other (0.8%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Khmer (97.6%)
    Cham (1.2%)
    Chinese (0.1%)
    Vietnamese (0.1)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2013 est.]
  • Australians with Cambodian Ancestry
    45,728 [2016 census]
Cambodians in Australia
  • Population
    33,149
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Cambodia.
  • Average Age
    45
  • Gender
    Male (45.4%)
    Female (54.6%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (79.5%)
    Catholic Christianity (2.6%)
    Other (7.0%)
    No Religion (7.9%)
    Not Stated (3.1%)
  • Ancestry
    Cambodian (58.5%)
    Chinese (33.2%)
    Vietnamese (1.8%)
    Other (3.0%)
    Not Stated (3.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Khmer (68.2%)
    Cantonese (8.4%)
    Min Nan (6.0%)
    English (5.8%)
    Other (11.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 54.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (40.1%)
    New South Wales (39.3%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (5.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (72.1%)
    2001-2006 (11.5%)
    2007-2011 (11.8%)
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