Posted By : Threeland Travel / Festivals And Events
Constitution Day is celebrated as a national holiday in Cambodia on September 24th each year. It marks the signing of a new constitution on that same day in 1993 by King Norodom Sihanouk, two years after the signing of the Paris Peace accords, during which all parties agreed to free and fair elections.
It was shortly after this day that Sihanouk was reinstated as king, having abdicated in the throne 1955 to enter a career in politics. Consequently, Sept 24th is also identified as the Recoronation of H.M Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk. He ruled until 2004 when he abdicated in favor of his son, King Sihamoni Norodom.
Pchum Ben Day
This is the most culturally and religiously significant event of the year and is celebrated in September. This festival of souls concentrates on blessing the souls of ancestors, relatives, and friends who have passed away. All Buddhist temples, especially Wat Phnom, are the focal points for this festival. Before the waking of dawn and every day for 15 days during Pchum Ben, Cambodians throughout the country walk around temples three times, carrying plates of coned-shaped sticky rice. They complete the ritual by flinging the rice into the air to feed the spirits of their ancestors who walk the earth during Pchum Ben, Cambodia’s Festival of the Dead.