The Kingdom of Cambodia is set to have a total of 21 public holidays in 2023, according to a sub-decree released by the Royal Government.
In 2020, the King’s birthday public holiday was reduced three to only one day, in addition five other national and international days (Meak Bochea Day, National Day of Remembrance, Children’s Day, Paris Peace Accords, and Human Rights Day) were removed from the list of public holidays anymore.
In 2021, the Minister of Labour and Vocational Training also changed the ruling that public holidays that fell on a Sunday would no longer be carried over to a Monday in Cambodia.
At the time, the move was applauded by a majority of the business community as Cambodia had for a long time gaming the highest number of public holidays in the region which was seen as disruptive to production and the economic output.
Cambodia still has the fourth most number of public holidays in Southeast Asia but is now behind Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar.
It should be noted that many companies and employers use their own discretion in allowing staff to still take the Monday (or carried over public holidays from Saturday and Sunday) to retain staff and reduce turnover, especially for long-term employees or in industries which experience high turnover such as construction, schools etc.
Cambodian Public Holidays 2023
The signed Sub-Decree on Holiday Calendar for Civil Servants, Workers/Employees for 2023 in Cambodia confirms the official public holidays for 2023 are as follows:
- 1 January – International New Year Day One day
- 7 January – Victory Day over Genocide One day
- 8 March – International Women’s Day One day
- 14, 15, 16 April – Khmer New Year Days Three days
- 1 May – International Labor Day One day
- 4 May – Visak Bochea Day One day
- 8 May – Royal Plowing Ceremony One day
- 14 May – King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday One day
- 18 June – Queen Monineath’s Birthday One day
- 24 September – Constitutional Day One day
- 13, 14, 15 October – Pchum Ben Festival Three days
- 15 October – Respect the spirit of the late King Father One day
- 29 October – Coronation Day of King Sihamoni One day
- 9 November – National Independence Day One day
- 26, 27, 28 November – Water Festival Three days