Cambodian Public Holidays 2012.

List of Public Holidays in Cambodia for year 2012.

Cambodian holidays in 2012 includes many traditional festivals and Buddhist holidays, which are based on lunar calendars, thus the Cambodian holiday dates change from year to year.

Cambodian Public Holidays 2012.

Public Holidays in Cambodia 2012

Many of the holiday dates in this Cambodian 2012 holidays calendar below is based on estimate only, thus we do not and cannot guarantee right of this Cambodian 2012 public holiday calendar.

  • International New Year’s Day
    The celebration of New Year’s Eve has become more and more popular in Cambodia, and although not an official holiday, many offices are closed.

Sunday, 1 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
New Year’s Day Holiday (substitute)

  • Victory over Genocide Day
    This national holiday commemorates Vietnamese-backed troops taking the capital from the Khmer Rouge in 1979. It marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime after their defeat to the Vietnamese.

Saturday, 7 January 2012
Monday, 9 January 2012 Victory Day Holiday (substitute)

  • Chinese New Year
    First new moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. An important celebration to Cambodians with chinese origin.

Monday, 23 January 2012
Not a public holiday

  • Meak Bochea Day /Magha Puja Day
    An important Buddhist holy day, celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Buddhist Calendar. The month is known in the Thai language as Makha (Pali: Magha). Bucha, also a Thai word (Pali: Puja), meaning to venerate or to honor. As such, Makha Bucha Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

  • Women’s Day
    This United Nations-inspired holiday, International day for women has become a big deal. Don’t hope to get anything done.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

  • Cambodian Khmer New Year/Chaul Chnam Thmey
    Possibly Cambodia’s most important holiday. The cities empty as Cambodians rush to spend the holiday with family. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year’s Day. This time of the year is at the end of the harvesting season. The farmers enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax before the rainy season begins. Gifts and tips are especially auspicious during April and should be accompanied with the phrase ‘Sok Sabay, Ch’nam Tmey’ (Happy New Year!)

Friday, 13 April 20102
Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sunday, 15 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012Cambodian Khmer New Year 2012 Holiday (substitute)

  • Labour Day / May Day
    A relatively minor holiday. Embassies advise avoiding large labor-related gatherings and rallies falling on this day as union disputes can occasionally turn violent.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

  • Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja Day
    Vesak Day 2012, Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha

Saturday, 5 May 2012

  • Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony
    Known in Cambodia as Pithi Chrat Preah Neangkol, this public holiday corresponds to the start of the planting season. Royal astrologers will predict the coming season’s weather.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

  • HM King Sihamoni’s Birthday
    Commemorates the birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May 1953. The current king was crowned in 2004 after the abdication of his father, Norodom Sihanouk.

Sunday, 13 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012

  • Children’s Day
    International and Cambodian Children’s Day celebrated to raise awareness of children abuse, children trafficking and children labour.

Friday, 1 June 2012

  • HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday
    Commemorates the birthday of The Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. Cambodians have a deep affection for the queen mother. Even so, this is a minor holiday which does not usually affect travel.

Monday, 18 June 2012

  • Cambodia Constitution Day
    A public holiday called to celebrate the anniversary signing of the Cambodian new constitution by King Sihanouk on 24 September 1993

   Monday, 24 September 2012

  • Pchum Ben Day
    Festival of the Ancestors. Buddhist tradition demands Cambodians visit many pagodas over two weeks. Food, flowers, rice and gifts are given to the monks to convey to the afterlife so the dead do not haunt the living. This is a particularly poignant celebration given Cambodia’s recent history.

Friday, 12 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012Pchum Ben Day Holiday (substitute)
Tuesday, 16 October 2012Pchum Ben Day Holiday (substitute)

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

Monday, 29 October 2012

  • Former HM King Sihanouk’s Birthday
    Retired king Sihanouk is indisputably Cambodia’s most important modern monarch and still widely regarded as divine.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

  • Cambodia Independence Day
    Marks anniversary of independence from France. King Sihamoni visits Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.

Friday, 9 November 2012

  • Water Festival / Bon Om Thook
    Millions teem into Phnom Penh from the provinces to celebrate the end of monsoon season. Dragon boats race for three days with the king overseeing. Perhaps the best time of any for meeting the people and enjoying the culture of Cambodia but the capital is impossibly crowded!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012

  • Human Rights Day
    A United Nations-inspired holiday. Unlikely to affect travel plans but government offices are closed.

Monday, 10 December 2012


  • The public holidays listed above is referred to the Cambodian Royal Government’s sub-decree Nº 231 Cambodian Public Holidays 2012., signed on October 14, 2011 by Prime Minister HUN SEN, stated about holidays for government’s and private company’s officers.
  • Any public holidays which overlap with either Saturday or Sunday, the following working day will be substituted.


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