Holidays in Cambodia – 2019

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We’ve had Victory Against Genocide Day – how many nations celebrate a day such as that?

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

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