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Thu-
Jan. 01-
International New Year Day Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian New Year
Wed-
Jan. 07-
Victory over Genocide Day Marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979
Tue-
Feb. 03-
Meak Bochea Day Date varies depending on the lunar cycle
Mon-
Mar. 09-
International Women’s Day (observed)
Tue
Apr. 14-
Khmer New Year Day First day of Cambodian New Year
Wed
Apr. 15-
Khmer New Year Holiday Second day of Cambodian New Year
Thu-
Apr. 16-
Khmer New Year Holiday Third day of Cambodian New Year
Fri-
May 01-
International Labour Day Established to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers
Sun-
May 03-
Visak Bochea Day Birth of Buddha
Mon-
May 04-
Visak Bochea Holiday
Thu-
May 07-
Royal Plowing Ceremony Marks the start of the planting season.
Wed-
May 13-
King’s Birthday HM King Norodom Sihamoni was born on May 14, 1953
Thu-
May 14-
King’s Birthday Holiday
Fri-
May 15-
King’s Birthday Holiday
Mon-
Jun. 01-
Children’s Day International and Cambodian Children’s Day
Thu-
Jun. 18-
Kings Mother Birthday Queen Mother Norodom Monineath was born on June 18, 1936.
Thu-
Sep. 24-
Constitutional Day Celebrates the signing of the constitution in 1993
Mon-
Sep. 28-
Ancestors Day A Buddhist holiday dedicated to honouring deceased relatives
Tue-
Sep. 29-
Ancestors Day Holiday
Thu-
Oct. 15-
Commemoration Day of King’s Father HM Norodom Sihanouk died on 15 October 2012
Fri-
Oct. 23-
Paris Peace Agreements Day Commemorates the Treaty of Paris on 23 October 1991
Thu-
Oct. 29-
King’s Coronation Day Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation was on 29 October 2004
Mon-
Nov. 09-
Independence Day Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953.
Tue-
Nov. 24-
Water Festival Ceremony Boat racing festival to mark the annual change in the Mekon and Tonie Sap rivers
Wed-
Nov. 25-
Water Festival Ceremony Holiday
Thu-
Nov. 26-
Water Festival Ceremony Holiday
Thu-
Dec. 10-
International Human Rights Day Marks the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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