Holidays in Cambodia - 2014

PublicHoliday.Org is a great website for anyone planning travel to foreign places and we've borrowed our notes for this page from them. When you plan to go to Cambodia don't be surprised if you come across an unexpected holiday or two. Cambodians love their holidays, and Siem Reap locals enjoy three versions of New Years day:  January 1st, then Chinese New Year, then in April Khmer New Year.

Western festivals are not really observed, though don't be surprised if you see Santa motifs in December.

List of Public Holidays in Cambodia for year 2014

Public holidays in Cambodia are mostly made of traditional festivals and Buddhist holidays. Most festivals and holidays are based on lunar calendar, thus the dates of Cambodia holidays change from year to year in Gregorian calendar.

The list of 2014 public holidays in Cambodia provided below is based on estimate only. Therefore, we do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this Cambodian 2014 public holidays calendar.

Cambodia 2014 Public Holidays Calendar
Here is a list of 2014 Cambodia holidays:

International New Year’s Day
First day of the year in Western/Gregorian Calendar
not a public holiday, yet many businesses and offices are closed.
New Year’s Day 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Victory over Genocide Day
Commemorates the end of Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia after their defeat to Vietnam troops in 1979.
Cambodia Victory Day 2014
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Meak Bochea Day
Commemorates Buddha’s preaching to gathering monks.
Friday, 14 February 2014

International Women’s Day
Commemorates women’s bravery and achievement all over the world.
International Women’s Day 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014

Cambodian Khmer New Year / Chaul Chnam Thmey
Commonly referred as the most important holiday in Cambodia. The holidays may last for 3 days.

Labor Day / May Day
Celebrates workers’ economic and social achievement in Cambodia.
International Labor Day 2014
Thursday, 1 May 2014

Royal Plowing Ceremony
Also known as Pithi Chrat Preah Neangkol, correspond to the start of planting season.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014

HM King Sihamoni’s Birthday
Celebrates the birth of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. It is usually celebrated for 3 days.
Cambodia King’s Birthday 2014
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014

Visakha Bochea / Visaka Buja Day
Commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing to the nirvana of the Buddha.
Visakha Bochea 2014
Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Children’s Day
Celebrates childhood and wishes the children happiness and a good life.
Children’s Day 2014
Sunday, 1 June 2014

HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday
Celebrates the birth of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
Cambodia Queen Mother’s Birthday
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pchum Ben Day
A festival to respect the ancestors by cooking food and giving offerings to the monks.

  • Pchum Ben 2014
  • Tuesday, 14 October 2014
  • Wednesday, 15 October 2014
  • Thursday, 16 October 2014

Commemoration Day of King’s Father Norodom Sihanouk
A homage to the late King’s Father Norodom Sihanouk. Public holiday since 2013.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Paris Peace Agreement Day
Commemorates the signing of peace treaty in Paris on October 23, 1991.
Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cambodia Coronation Day
Celebrates the anniversary of the coronation of current King Norodom Sihamoni.

Cambodia Independence Day
Celebrates the country’s independence from France in 1953.

Water Festival / Bon Om Thook
Celebrate the end of monsoon season in Cambodia. It marks the changing course of Mekong river and Tonle sap river.

  • Bon Om Thook 2014
  • Thursday, 27 November 2014
  • Friday, 28 November 2014
  • Saturday, 29 November 2014

Human Rights Day
Commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).



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