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Cambodia Public Holiday 2013 Calendar

Cambodia is a country situated in the southern portion of the Indo China Peninsula in south east Asia.It is officially known as The Kingdom of Cambodia, which is a constitutional monarchy, with the monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. The tourism industry is the second largest source of hard currency in this country. As a tourist destination for many millions of people around the world, it is important to know the public holidays of this country. Here is a list of the public holidays of Cambodia for 2013.

New Year’s Day 2013, January 1st

This holiday is for the first day of the new calendar year and is celebrated just as in most parts of the world.


Victory Day 2013, January 7th

This holiday was established to commemorate the end of the Khymer Rouge regime in 1979.  

Meak Bochea Day 2013, February 25th

This is a holiday that was established to commemorate the gathering of Buddhist monks to listen to the Buddha’s teachings.

International Women’s Day 2013, March 8th

This holiday was established to honour the brave women of the world.

Khymer New Year 2013, April 13th

This is a holiday that celebrates the Cambodian New Year and is usually celebrated for three days and it is considered to be the most important festival in Cambodia.

Labor Day 2013, May 1st

This holiday was established to celebrate the economic and social achievements of the workers.


Royal Ploughing Day 2013, May 9th

This holiday commemorates the start of the planting season.


King Sihamoni’s Birthday 2013, May 13th

This holiday celebrates the birthday of HM King Norodom Sihamoni.


Queen Mother’s Birthday 2013, June 18th

This holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath on June 18th 1936.


Constitution Day 2013, September 24th

This holiday commemorates the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King Sihanouk.


Pchum Ben Festival 2013, October 14th

This holiday is also known as Ancestors Day. On this day people pay respects to deceased relatives by making offerings to them and cooking food for the monks.

King Father’s Birthday 2013, October 31st

This holiday celebrates the birthday of King Father Norodom Sihanouk on October 31st, 1922.


Independence Day 2013, November 9th

This holiday celebrates the independence of Cambodia from the France in 1953.

Water Festival or The Boat Racing Festival 2013, November 27th

This is a holiday to mark the change of course of the water of the Mekong river and the Tonle Sap river.


International Human Rights Day 2013, December 10th

This holiday commemorates the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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