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Cambodia: holidays and public holidays in 2020

List of public holidays and national holidays in Cambodia for the year 2020. In addition, there are also the main festivals which are held throughout the kingdom.

Note: Cambodia has 22 public holidays – 6 have just been abolished.


Wednesday January 1, 2020: New Years Day – Public holiday

Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Victory over Genocide Day – Public holiday

Tuesday January 25, 2020: Chinese and Vietnamese New Year – 3 days of celebration for these communities – non-holiday.


Saturday February 8, 2020: Meak Bochea – Commemoration of the Buddha’s sermon – Non-holiday


Sunday March 8, 2020: International Women’s Day – Public holiday


Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 April 2020: Khmer New Year – Chaul Chnam Thmey – Public holiday


Friday, May 1, 2020: International Workers’ Day – Public holiday

Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Visak Bochea Buddhist celebration – Public holiday

Sunday May 10, 2020: Feast of the Sacred Furrow – Cat Preah Nengkal (Royal Plowing Day) – Public holiday

Thursday, May 14, 2020: King Norodom Sihamoni’s birthday – Public holiday

Cambodia: holidays and public holidays in 2020


Thursday, June 18, 2020: Queen Mother Norodom Monineath’s birthday – Public holiday


Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September 2020: celebration of Pchum Ben – Commemoration of the deceased – Public holiday

Thursday September 24, 2020: Constitution Day – Public holiday


Thursday October 15, 2020: commemoration day of King Father Norodom Sihanouk – Public holiday

Thursday October 29, 2020: coronation day of King Norodom Sihamoni – Public holiday

Saturday October 31: Day of commemoration of King Norodom Sihanouk

Friday 30, Saturday 31 October and Monday 1 November 2020: water festival – Bon Om Tuk – Public holiday

To note : 
The water festival - Bon Om Tuk - corresponds to a unique moment where the direction of the waters of the river and the Tonle Sap lake is reversed. If the water level is too low, the party can be canceled.


Monday November 9, 2020: Independence Day – Public holiday


Friday December 25: Christmas – is not a holiday.

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