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Festivals in Phnom Penh - Cambodia

Bonn Chaul Chhnam – Khmer New Year - Phnom Penh

Bonn Chaul Chhnam – Khmer New Year

It is similar to songkran in Thailand and phimai in Laos, marking the climax of the harvesting season in Cambodia. Cambodians clean and decorate their houses, splash each other and streets with water to express joy, and attend offerings at temples. Exquisite lights are arranged on the streets, and...

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Bonn Chol Vassa - Start of Buddhist Lent - Phnom Penh

Bonn Chol Vassa - Start of Buddhist Lent

It happens in mid-July for two days, coinciding with the eighth full moon of the lunar calendar. It marks the inception of the three special months-in which Buddhists fast and meditate. Also, it’s held to be of great importance for young men who want to enter monkhood....

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Bonn Chrat Preah Nongkol - Royal Ploughing Ceremony - Phnom Penh

Bonn Chrat Preah Nongkol - Royal Ploughing Ceremony

This ceremony goes back to the times when the King inaugurated the harvesting season. In this century, the ritual is performed at the inception of rainy season in Cambodia. Representatives of the King take place of the King and the Queen. A procession revolves around the field thrice and then stops...

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Bonn Dak Ben and Bonn Pchum Ben - Spirit Offering Festival - Phnom Penh

Bonn Dak Ben and Bonn Pchum Ben - Spirit Offering Festival

This festival is celebrated on a large scale in Cambodia for around 15 days. It is said to be celebrated for the blessing of the dead spirits. People from all households in Cambodia go the watts to give food to the monks so that it facilitates them to pray for the blessing of the deads’ spirits....

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Bonn Kathen - End of Buddhist Lent - Phnom Penh

Bonn Kathen - End of Buddhist Lent

This festival marks the end of the lent and starts immediately after it for one month. People progress towards the local temples in large groups to offer gratitude, robes, and respect to the monks as a retreat.                    

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Bonn Visak Bochea - Phnom Penh

Bonn Visak Bochea

This is one of the very significant festivals of Cambodia, celebrated by every person in the country. Bonn Visak Bochea signifies the birth, enlightenment, and death of the God Buddha. It happens during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for one day only, usually in mid-May. A cortege of...

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Constitution Day - Phnom Penh

Constitution Day

This is a national festival which celebrates the official adoption of the Cambodian constitution in 1933. A holiday is given to all Cambodians to celebrate the auspicious day on September 24th....

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Independence Day - Phnom Penh

Independence Day

9th November is the Independence day of Cambodia from France. It is celebrated with marches and cultural activities all over the country. A gala parade is held in front of the Royal Palace....

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