13 Apr - 16 Apr
Place: Across Siem Reap and Cambodia
Lasting three full days in mid-April (13 - 16 April), Khmer New Year is, arguably, the most popular festival and national holiday in Cambodia. Khmer New Year, or Chol Chnam Thmey as it is called in Khmer, coincides with the end of the harvesting season so farmers celebrate the New Year with their families and enjoy some relaxation before the rainy season starts again.
People travel from near and far to meet with their families, visiting the temples and celebrations are widespread all over the country. Streets are often packed with people enjoying some time with their friends and families and you will also see traditional games and dances.
The throwing of water is also a notable feature this special time of year and, although it has been limited in the main tourist areas, it's still widespread in the countryside and rural areas.
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