Cambodia’s busy calendar of festivals is a testament to its traditions, complicated history and proud patriotism. Throughout the country, Cambodians celebrate their victories over adversity, commemorate and honor their heroic historical and current monarchs and acknowledge their rich religious traditions with processions, carnivals and rituals.
April 14-17 2017
This fun three-day nationwide holiday in Cambodia celebrates the end of the harvest season and a chance for farmers to relax before the rainy season comes. Cambodians celebrate by visiting temples and friends, playing games and preparing grand offerings to spirits to ensure good luck for the coming year.
May 13 annually
Though this festival is referred to as the ‘birthday of Buddha’, it also celebrates Buddha’s enlightenment and passing and as such, is one of the most important events in the Buddhist calendar. Devotees visit the pagodas and make offerings of flowers and fruits, while abstaining from alcohol and other prohibited activities.
November 9 annually
Independence Day commemorates the day Cambodia became independent from French rule in 1953. The celebrations are centered on Phnom Penh, where a ceremony takes place at Independence Monument, presided over by the King. There is a parade with floats and music in front of the Royal Palace and the people wave flags in the street.
The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon takes place every year at the famous World Heritage temple ruins. The race supports victims of landmines and other weapons that ravished the region over the past century. Runners completing the 13-mile course can take in the incredible surroundings whilst knowing they're helping a great cause.
Since 2007, the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open has been attracting golfers from around the world. The event is staged at the Phokeethra Country Club, just 15 miles from Siem Reap. Many golfers and spectators take advantage of the great location and head to the nearby Angkor Wat – when they’re not due on the golf course that is!