| January 01: International New Year’s Day |
January 07: Victory Day Over Genocide Regime
February 09: Meak Bochea Day - Buddha's preaching
March 08: International Women's Day
April 14-16: Cambodian New YearMay 01: International Labor Day
A three-day celebration after the end of harvest to mark the turn of The New Year according to the Khmer lunar calendar. Every home is seen with attractive decorations. shrines are full of food and beverages given as offerings to God.. Other people attend Buddhist temples where traditional games are also performed.
May 08: Visaka Bochea Day - Birthday of Buddha
May 12: Royal Ploughing CeremonyMay 13-15: Birthday of King Sihamony
It is culturally celebrated to alert the nation of the commencement of rainy season, and farmers to be ready for farming rice by starting to plough. The venue is a field at a wing of Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. The scene is interesting as it depicts real ploughing activities where cows are given a variety of crops to eat. Based on the choices of crops eaten by the cows, prediction are made for the coming year.
During king's birthday, a giant firework display is held close to the riverbanks in front of the Royal Palace.
June 18: Royal Birthday of H.M Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
September 24: Constitution's Day
September 18-20: Pchum Ben Day - The Soul Day
A religious festival to bless the souls of ancestors, relatives and friends alike who have passed away. Household members attend Buddhist temples.
October 29: Royal Coronation of King Sihamoni
December 05: Angkor Half Marathon
International Half marathon. Held at the world renowned Angkor Wat an event which attracts competitors from all over the world. With thousands of spectators and the wonder of Angkor Wat, it is a spectacular setting.
December 10: International Human Right's Day
Mid December: Angkor Festival
This festival is a showcase of performing arts with Angkor Wat as a backdrop. Performers from all over Asia attend this festival performing great epic stories from myths and legends, including the Ramayana, with their own national dance costumes and musical and rhythmic interpretations. Former King Sihanouk often attends when he is in residence in Siem Reap and other dignitaries come to witness this wonderful spectacle.