Cambodian Public Holidays 2017

Bank Holidays Cambodia 2017
Banks, government buildings and some businesses will be closed on public holidays, similar to national or bank holidays in other countries. The traditional Khmer calendar, Chhankitek, is lunisolar. Whilst the calendar is based on the movement of the moon, calendar dates are also synchronised with the solar year to keep the seasons from drifting. Therefore, the festivals and holidays of Cambodia are subject to change every year based on the lunar calendar, the only exception being the Khmer New Year that is based solely on the Solar Calendar.


1st Jan 2017International New Years Day
7th Jan 2017Victory Day (commemorates the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979)
11th Feb 2017Meak Bochea Day (Buddhist festival, spiritual aims are to not commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one's mind)
8th Mar 2017International Women’s Day
14th, 15th & 16th Apr 2017Khmer New Years Day
1st May 2017International Labour Day
10th May 2017Visak Bochea Day (Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday")
13th, 14th & 15th May 2017King’s Birthday: Norodom Sihamoni
14th May 2017Royal Plowing Ceremony (The Ploughing Festival is an ancient royal rite held in many Asian countries to mark the traditional beginning of the rice growing season)
1st Jun 2017International Children's Day
18th Jun 2017King Mother's Birthday: Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
19th, 20th & 21st Sep 2017Pchum Ben Day (Time when many Cambodians pay their respects to deceased relatives)
24th Sep 2017Constitution Day
15th Oct 2017King Father's Commemoration Day: Norodom Sihanouk
23rd Oct 2017Paris Peace Agreements Day (commemorates the Treaty of Paris on 23rd October 1991)
29th Oct 2017King’s Coronation Day: Norodom Sihamoni
2nd, 3rd & 4th Nov 2017Bon Om Touk (The Water Festival ceremony commemorates the end of the rainy season and the reversal of flow of the Tonle Sap River. It includes boat races and concerts and attracts several million people each year)
9th Nov 2017Independence Day (celebrates Cambodia's independence from France in 1953)
10th Dec 2017International Human Rights Day

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