Pchum Ben, also known as Ancestors’ Day, is a Cambodian religious festival that honors deceased ancestors. It is celebrated in the tenth month of the Khmer calendar, which typically falls in September or October. Pchum Ben is a Cambodian 15-day religious festival that honors deceased ancestors. It is a time for families to reunite and remember their loved ones.
The festival culminates in celebrations on the 15th day of the tenth month in the Khmer calendar, at the end of Buddhist Lent. In 2023, Pchum Ben will begin on October 13 and end on October 15.
During the three-day holiday, people return to their hometowns, visit temples, tourist destinations, and engage in social activities.
Prime Minister Hun Manet has sent a Pchum Ben Festival message to his compatriots, wishing them safe travels to their hometowns and good health, strength, longevity, and success in all tasks.
If you are planning to travel to Cambodia during Pchum Ben, please be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Dress appropriately and avoid loud noises and celebrations. You may also want to make offerings to the monks at your local temple.