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Coronation Day in Cambodia

29 Oct 2020  Thu

Coronation Day is in Cambodia celebrated on 29th October. The day celebrates the coronation of King Norodom Sihamoni. The reigning King of Cambodia ascended the throne in 2004, following the abdication of his father Norodom Sihanouk.

Sihamoni was born to King Sihanouk and Queen Monineath in 1953. In 2004, King Norodom Sihanouk unexpectedly abdicated due to ill health. A special nine-member throne council selected Sihamoni to become the next king. The prince returned to Cambodia and was formally inaugurated as King on October 29, 2004.

King Norodom Sihamoni's Coronation Day is celebrated nationwide. The holiday is marked with colourful parades, cultural events, firework displays and other festive events and activities. The National Bank of Cambodia issued a new 15,000-riel banknote Oct. 7 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the coronation of King Norodom Sihamoni.

The face of the note has a portrait of the king in the centre, with an image of a statue of a seven-headed naga at Angkor Wat at his right shoulder. Left of centre on the back of the note is an image of the king, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and the late king’s father Norodom Sihanouk during a ceremony conducted as part of his coronation in 2004. To their right is a view of the Win-Win Monument. The far-right is a depiction of a three-headed elephant carrying a garuda bearing a swan.

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