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There are numerous festivals and Buddhist ceremonies in Cambodia. The biggest ones are the celebration of Khmer (or Buddhist) New Year, Pchum Ben (Honouring of Ancestors) and the annual Water Festival. Here you find in-depth information on Cambodian festivals, holidays and buddhist celebrations, plus some links to online picture albums and the dates for this year.

Public Holidays and Festivals 2017

Fireworks during Water Festival in Phnom Penh

Here you’ll find the 2017 dates of official public holidays, religious ceremonies and other festivals in Cambodia.

Plus some links to online picture albums of Cambodian festivals.

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Pchum Ben: honouring the ancestors

Cambodian monk during Pchum Ben in Kratie, Cambodia

Bonn Pchum Ben is the festival held for commemoration of the spirits of the dead..

People take turns offering food to the monks of their local pagoda in the hope that their offering will reach the souls of their ancestors by virtue of the monks’ sermons.

Dates in 2017: September 19-20-21

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Khmer New Year Celebrations

Khmer New Year, watch out, notice the water filled plastic bag in the boys' hand

The Khmer New Year is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia. Also celebrated in Thailand and other Buddhist countries, these days are filled with water throwing at passers-by and other games. There are free concerts at night.

Dates in 2017: April 14-15-16

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Water Festival in Phnom Penh 2017

Illuminated floats - Water Festival - Phnom PenhThe annual three-day Water Festival competes with the Khmer New Year for being the most important holiday for Cambodians.

The boat races on the Tonle Sap and the carnival atmosphere ashore attract millions of people from all over the country.

Dates in 2017: November 2-3-4

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