List of Public Holidays in Cambodia for year 2012.

Public holidays in Cambodia, including 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.

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

Cambodia 2012 Public Holidays Calendar
Here is a list of 2012 Cambodia holidays

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. Chinese New Year is 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
Khmer New Year 2012 is possibly Cambodia’s most important holiday in the year. 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 2012
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012

Labour Day / May Day
Labour Day is a relatively minor holiday in Cambodia. 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.
Cambodia Constitution Day 2012
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.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012

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!
Cambodia Water Festival 2012
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

Past Cambodian Holidays

Here is Cambodian holidays calendar in the previous years:

Cambodian 2010 Holidays Calendar

International New Year’s Day
Friday, 1 January 2010

Victory over Genocide Day
Thursday, 7 January 2010

Meak Bochea Day /Magha Puja Day
Sunday, 30 January 2010

Chinese New Year
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Not a public holiday

Women’s Day
Monday, 8 March 2010

Cambodian Khmer New Year/Chaul Chnam Thmey
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010

Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja Day
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Labour Day
Saturday, 1 May 2010

Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony
Sunday, 2 May 2010

HM King Sihamoni’s Birthday
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Saturday, 15 May 2010

HM the Queen Mother’s Birthday
Friday, 18 June 2010

Cambodia Constitution Day
Friday, 24 September 2010

Pchum Ben Day
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010

Cambodia Coronation Day
Friday, 29 October 2010

Former HM King Sihanouk’s Birthday
Sunday, 31 October 2010

Cambodia Independence Day
Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Water Festival / Bon Om Thook
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010

Human Rights Day
Friday, 10 December 2010

Happy Cambodian Holidays 2012 ! Happy Khmer Holidays 2012 !
Also check out 2012 Public Holidays in other countries.