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visak bochea day

The Cambodian public holiday called “Visak Bochea Day” is held on the full moon of the sixth month of the Buddhist lunar calendar – normally some time in May on the Gregorian Calendar. Visak Bochea celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death (nirvana) of Buddha. Many Cambodian Buddhists visit local temples and shrines to celebrate on

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jol chnam thmey

Khmer New Year is widely celebrated in Cambodia. It is called “Khmer” New Year because Khmer are the dominant ethnic group within the nation. Ninety-five percent of Cambodia’s 15 million people follow Theravada Buddhism, which is also the official religion.  The calendar they follow is deeply steeped in their Buddhist religious traditions. The Cambodian  New Year falls on

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bon om touk

Bon Om Touk, also known as “the Water Festival,” is an annual Cambodian celebration that takes place primarily in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh but also in the city of Angkor. Bon Om Touk is a celebration of the end of the rainy season on the full moon of the Buddhist month of

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pchum ben

Pchum Ben is a unique Cambodian Buddhist festival that is held for two straight weeks from the first till the fifteenth of the Khmer month of Potrbotr. Pchum Ben is a public holiday in Cambodia that follows the period called “Vassa,” a kind of “Buddhist Lent,” and has been kept with great devotion by the

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king norodom sihamoni’s birthday

The King’s Birthday is a major Cambodian holiday that allows the people of Cambodia to express their patriotism and appreciation for their progressive government. Due to the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, holidays like the King’s Birthday play an important role in reminding Cambodian citizens about the importance of having a government

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meak bochea day

In Cambodia, Meak Bochea Day is an important public holiday and religious festival. It is observed on the full moon in the third month of the Khmer calendar, which generally lands it in later February or early March. Meak Bochea Day commemorates the final sermon given by Buddha, in which he summarized the “heart of

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liberation from khmer rouge

Victory Day is a national holiday in Cambodia, celebrated every 7 January to commemorate the fall of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime that committed genocide on millions of Cambodians. This regime took power in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, when Communist forces from Vietnam went renegade and took over Cambodia. They set up a

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