Cambodia Holidays 2013

Cambodia (Kampuchea) is also called as Kingdom of Cambodia with the capital as Phnom Penh and is located in the southern portion of Indochina peninsula, in South East Asia.

Here is a list of the Cambodia Holidays 2013:

 Name  Date  Remarks
New Year’s Day January 1 Beginning of Gregorian calendar
Victory day January 7 End of Khmer rouge regime
International Women’s day March 8 Social, Political & economic achievements of women
Meak Bochea March 27 Gathering of monks to hear Buddha’s preaching
Khmer New Year April 14 – 16 Celebration of Khmer new year
Labor Day May 1 Economic and social achievements of workers
Royal ploughing Ceremony May 11 Beginning of Ploughing season
King Sihamoni Birthday May 13 – 15 King Norodom Sihamoni birthday on May 14th
Visaka Bochea May 25 Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment, passing of Buddha
Queen Mother’s day June 18 Birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Sihamoni
Constitution day September 24 Constitutional monarchy 
Pchum Ben October 14 Ancestor’s day
King Father’s birthday October 31 Birthday of King Father Sihanouk on October 31
Independence day November 9 Cambodia’s independence from France
Water festival/boat racing festival November 27 Water in Mekong and Tonle Sap changes course
Human rights day December 10 Universal declaration of human rights

New Year’s Day: Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The beginning of the Gregorian calendar is celebrated as the New Year.

Victory Day: Monday, 7 January 2013

The Khmer empire established by King Jayavaraman II came to an end on this day in 1979.

International Women’s Day: Friday, 8 March 2013

Cambodia celebrates the economical, political and social achievements of women.

Meak Bochea: Wednesday, 27 March 2013

It’s a colorful festival at temples, during which nearly 1,250 monks gather together to offer prayers.

Khmer New Year: Sunday to Tuesday, 14 to 16 April 2013

A three days celebration – Maha Songkran, Virak Wanabat Tngay Leang Saka. Cambodia farmers celebrate the end of the harvesting season enjoying the yield.

Labor Day:  Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Cambodia honors the economic and social achievements of workers.

Ploughing ceremony: Saturday, 11 May 2013

Royal ploughing ceremony marks the beginning of the sowing and planting season of rice grains.

King Norodom Sihamoni’s birth day: Monday to Wednesday, 13 to 15 May 2013

Cambodia celebrates the birth anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni on May 14, 1953, the eldest son of King Norodom Sihanouk.

Visaka Bochea: Saturday, 25 May 2013

The birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and passing of Lord Buddha (parinirvana) is celebrated.

Birth day of Queen Norodom Monneith Sihanouk: Monday, 18 June 2013

Cambodia celebrates Queen mother Norodom Monneith Sihanouk’s birthday, born the same day in 1936 at Vietnam.

Constitution Day: Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cambodia remembers the signing of the constitution by King Sihanouk in 1993 amidst a troubled history.

Pschum Ben festival: Monday, 14 October 2013

Fifteen days celebration – ancestors are remembered, a belief pertaining to Hinduism.

King father Sihanouk’s birthday: Thursday, 31 October 2013

Birthday of king father Sihanouk, born on 31 October, 1922.

Independence Day: Saturday, 9 November 2013

Cambodia gained independence from France same day in 1953.

Water festival: Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Cambodia’s Water festival is celebrated when water in Mekong and Tonle Sap changes course.

Human Rights Day: Tuesday, 10 December 2013

UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed a universal declaration of human rights.

Happy Cambodia Holidays 2013! Wishing you a wonderful trip to Cambodia!

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