Commemoration Day Of King’s Father

Observed every October 15th in Cambodia as a public holiday, Commemoration Day of King’s Father is a day that’s celebrated to revere King-Father Norodom Sihanouk — also known by his posthumous name His Majesty Preah Barom Ratanakaodh (“King who lives in the diamond urn”).

Since this day is celebrated as a public holiday, many businesses, non-essential government offices, and schools are closed for the day. It’s also a day off for the general public. However, if the holiday falls on a weekend day instead of a weekday, then some businesses may opt to follow their regular operating hours. Regardless, it’s a day that’s celebrated with much reverence and respect.

The History Of  Commemoration Day of King’s Father

On October 31st, 1922, Norodom Sihanouk was born in Phnom Penh — the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. In 1941, he would then become the king of Cambodia after his grandfather died. He would remain the head of state for the country over the years but would abdicate the throne in October of 2004 to his son, Norodom Sihamoni.

On October 15th, 2012, he would end up dying from a heart attack in Beijing, China. The holiday Commemoration Day of King’s Father was then proclaimed a holiday by his son and it’s been celebrated as one ever since.

Observing Commemoration Day of King’s Father

This holiday is mainly observed with an official ceremony that’s held at the Royal Palace. Of course, it’s also a holiday that’s observed by many different institutions of the Royal Government as well.

Some people may also take the day off to remember the King’s father, but celebrations aren’t as widespread as is the case with other holidays. It is observed with a sense of reverence, however, and there are some solemn ceremonies across Cambodia. It’s also a day off for many people, who use the day to spend time with relatives.

Where is it celebrated?
Cambodia (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
October 15 Sunday
Next year (2024)
October 15 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
October 15 Saturday