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Cambodia 2020 Public Holidays Reduction Announced

Source: Cabinet of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: November 5, 2020

Cambodia's Prime Minister, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, has signed the Cambodian Royal Government's Sub-Decree 112 on Employee's Public Holidays for 2020 establishing Cambodia's annual list of official non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2020, sharply reduced as compared to the previous years' lists of public holidays in Cambodia.

Earlier this year (2019-03-15), we had reported that various Cambodian ministries had stated that the government of Cambodia was about to slash the number of annual non-working public holidays in Cambodia, by seven days, and this was later confirmed by Prime Minister Hun Sen who announced that public holidays in Cambodia could be reduced in revisions made to the working calendar as a part of huge reforms to be announced "at the end of next week" (2019-03-24).

As per the aforementioned list of official public holidays for 2020, the annual, 3-day, King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday holiday is reduced in length to only 1 day, while Meak Bochea Day, National Day of Remembrance, Children's Day, Paris Peace Accords, and Human Rights Day, are dropped from the list of Cambodian public holidays for 2020.

The June 1st, "International and Cambodian Children's Day", which was introduced almost a decade ago (2010-09-03), and the May 20th public holiday introduced earlier last year (2018-02-19).

The October 23 non-working public holiday in Cambodia, commemorating the Paris Peace Agreements of 1991, had previously been canceled in the mid-2000's (2005-09-15) in order to promote January 7 as National Liberation Day, to mark the toppling of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. But, it was added again to the list of Cambodian public holidays 7 years ago (2012-10-23).

As was the case in most past years (2018-11-26, 2017-12-08, 2016-11-14, 2015-10-05 and 2014-11-15), though not all (2013-10-28, 2012-10-23, 2011-10-16, 2010-09-03, 2009-08-25, 2008-09-22 and 2007-08-03), but as was previous custom, the aforementioned decree specifies that "Any public holiday, which falls on Sunday, worker shall be subjected to be one day carried forward to the next day", instead of "Saturday or Sunday".

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