Observe International Workers' Day in Siem Reap - AsiaRooms.com

April 01, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AsiaRooms.com reports people who have booked accommodation in Siem Reap may be interested to know that Cambodia celebrates International Workers' Day.

The holiday on May 1st is one of the many that people in the country choose to celebrate.

Also known as May Day in other parts of the world, it is widely considered to be a celebration of social and economic achievements.

Locals will have the day off work, allowing them to gather in public to support workers' rights.

In addition, many people may take the opportunity to relax with friends and family on the public holiday.

The tradition of supporting workers' rights on May 1st has been established since 1891; when people around the world were called on to demonstrate in memory of those killed in the Chicago riots of 1886.

In Cambodia, May Day is followed by several religious or cultural festivals, including the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at the beginning of the rice growing season and the Birthday of King Sihamoni, the country's head of state.

This year, the monarch will be celebrating his 57th birthday, which typically involves much celebration up and down the country as well as a large fireworks display over the river in the capital Phnom Penh.