Holidays always sneak up on you in Cambodia. I don’t think in 8 visits I’ve ever had 14 days without a holiday in there somewhere. Early this year I was in Siem Reap for the night on International New Year. Pub Street was going off in a big way. Blocks away in my hotel I could hear the DJ – probably at The Temple Bar – roaring to his crowd: “Are you-u-u-u-u re-e-a-a-a-d-dy-y-y!!!??” At that moment I was doing my laundry: the glamour of travelling light. Much as I like a party, I was running out of shirts.
On January 7th I was in Phnom Penh and it was the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Pol Pot Government. How many nations have a Victory over Genocide day? To be honest, Phnom Penh didn’t seem subdued or in mourning: the roads were as jammed as ever.
These dates below are courtesy of Acleda Bank.
|Jan 01||International New Year Day|
|Jan 07||Victory over Genocide Day|
|Feb 19||Meak Bochea Day|
|Mar 08||International Women’s Day|
|Apr 14, 15, 16||Khmer New Year Day|
|May 01||International Labor Day|
|May 13, 14, 15||King’s Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni|
|May 18||Visak Bochea Day|
|May 20||National Day of Remembrance|
|May 22||Royal Plowing Ceremony|
|Jun 01||International Children Day|
|Jun 18||King’s Mother Birthday, Norodom Monineath Sihanouk|
|Sep 24||Constitutional Day|
|Sep 27, 28, 29||Pchum Ben Day|
|Oct 15||Commemoration Day of King’s Father, Norodom Sihanouk|
|Oct 23||Anniversary of the Paris Peace Accord|
|Oct 29||King’s Coronation Day, Norodom Sihamoni|
|Nov 09||Independence Day|
|Nov 10, 11, 12||Water Festival Ceremony|
|Dec 10||International Human Rights Da|