Several festivals are held annually which are of interest to both international and domestic tourists. The major festivals are as follows:

Bonn Chaul Chhnam (13-15 April) is the traditional New Year's festival when Khmers clean and decorate their houses, make offerings and play traditional games...Detail..

Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal (6 May) is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which inaugurates the planting season and involves symbolic ploughing and sowing of seed.

Bonn Dak Ben and Bonn Pchoum Ben (11-13 October) is the festival held for commemoration of the spirits of the dead; 15 days later offerings are made in the temples..Detail..

Bonn Kathen (October) is a 29-day religious festival when people march in procession to the temples where the monks change from their old to new robes.

His Majesty the King's Birthday (30 October-I November) is celebrated in regal fashion and the Royal Palace is sometimes open to the public.

Independence Day (9 November) celebrates the date when Cambodia achieved independence from France in 1953.

Bonn Om Took (24-26 November) is the water festival which ushers in the fishing season and marks the reversing of the current in the Tonle Sap River. This very popular festival attracts many people to watch the longboat races on the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh, fireworks and a lighted flotilla of boats...Detail..


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