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 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, some businesses may opt to follow their regular operating hours. Regardless, it’s a day celebrated with much reverence and respect.

The History of Commemoration Day of King’s Father

On October 31, 1922, Norodom Sihanouk was born in Phnom Penh—the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. In 1941, he became the king of Cambodia after his grandfather’s death. He remained the head of state for the country over the years but abdicated the throne in October 2004 to his son, Norodom Sihamoni.

On October 15, 2012, he died from a heart attack in Beijing, China. The holiday Commemoration Day of King’s Father was then proclaimed by his son and has been celebrated ever since.

Observing Commemoration Day of King’s Father

This holiday is mainly observed with an official ceremony held at the Royal Palace. Of course, it’s also a holiday 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 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 (2024)
October 15 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 15 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 15 Sunday