May 20, Another National Holiday in Cambodia

May 20 was announced to be another official national holiday in Cambodia, according to a sub-decree signed in mid-February by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

May 20 was set as the National Day of Remembrance for the victims and suffering occurring during the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime from April 17, 1975 to Jan. 6, 1979, said the sub-decree made public yesterday.

It is a public holiday and the citizens are given the opportunity to hold different ceremonies according to their religious belief or custom, it added.

Since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime, May 20 has been commemorated across the country as the Day of Hatred. In Phnom Penh, this annual event is celebrated at Choeung Ek Killing Field on the outskirts of the capital.

At least 1.7 million people are believed to have died from starvation, torture, execution and forced labour during this period of 3 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press