Cambodia has long been known for enjoying some of the most holidays in the world. In this article we take a look at the paid public holidays of 2020 to help plan your getaways accordingly. It’s tough kid, but it’s life, sang the Dead Kennedys.
There are a total number of 22 paid public holidays this year. Any public holiday that falls on a Sunday grants the employee another day off as in lieu of the following working day.
The first month has almost passed and it was pretty grim. We had the 1st off for International New Year and the 7th for Victory over Genocide day.
8th of March, International Women’s Day, falls on a Sunday. Because it is a Sunday, it falls on Monday the 9th instead.
Khmer New Year is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia. This year we celebrate it from Monday April 13th to Thursday April 16th. Most Cambodians will take the entire week off. This is a good time to travel somewhere on the 11th and return on the 19th, but beware that the entire country is traveling at once. Traffic jams are expected in the beginning and the end of the holiday.
This is the month of the long weekends. International Labor Day is celebrated on the 1st which is a Friday. The following Wednesday, the 6th, is Visak Bochea day. It is a good idea to take the 7th and 8th off as well, because the Royal Plowing Ceremony is celebrated on the 10th which is a Sunday giving you that extra Monday off. That’s 6 days free from work if you can get away on the 7th and the 8th, not bad.
Just in case you’re feeling tired from all this holidaying, the 14th which is a Thursday is also off due to King Norodom Sihamoni’s birthday. Take Friday the 15th off for a nice long weekend to snap back from the holiday blues because you won’t see another holiday for a whole month.
Queen Norodom Monireath Sihanouk’s birthday will be celebrated on the 18th, a Thursday, so it is a good idea to take some extra leave on Friday for that long holidays. Or spend your time relaxing in the office where it will probably be very quiet.
Pchum Ben will be celebrated from Wednesday September 16 to Friday September 18. If you live nearby a temple that does the ceremonies you should probably jet it. Pchum Ben is much longer but there are only 3 public holidays for it.
If you need to recover after the singing and chanting there’s an opportunity to take a long holiday starting on Thursday the 24th, which is Constitutional Day. Take the 25th off for a long weekend.
October and November
Two Thursdays off here, the 15th is the Commemoration Day of King Norodom Sihanouk and the 29th is the Coronation Day of King Norodom Sihamoni. Immediately after, on Friday the 30th, the Water Festival will begin and it ends on 1st November, a Sunday, giving you that extra Monday on the 2nd to relax. Starting on October 29 there is a total of 5 days off. This is a good time to leave town because Water Festival hasn’t been anywhere near the magnificent celebration it once was.
November 9, a Monday, sees Independence Day. The last holiday of the year.