festivals are held annually which are of interest to both international
and domestic tourists. The major festivals are as follows:
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..
Chroat Preah Nongkoal (6 May) is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony
which inaugurates the planting season and involves symbolic ploughing
and sowing of seed.
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..
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.
Majesty the King's Birthday (30 October-I November) is
celebrated in regal fashion and the Royal Palace is sometimes open
to the public.
Day (9 November) celebrates the date when Cambodia achieved
independence from France in 1953.
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..