King’s Coronation Day

In the Kingdom of Cambodia, October 29 has special significance. This date is celebrated as a public holiday and commemorates the anniversary of the Cambodian King’s coronation in 2004. This holiday is celebrated with quite a lot of fervor across Cambodia, and with a special public birthday celebration.

It is also a public holiday, so all civil servants are given the day off, as are many workers in the private sector. It is a day when schools, businesses, and non-essential government offices are closed. There are also various festivals and parades held on this day.

The History of King’s Coronation Day in Cambodia

In 2004, King Norodom Sihanouk announced his abdication from the throne due to his poor health, and his son, King Norodom Sihamoni, was made king after being chosen by the throne council. In Cambodia, the King is an elected monarch, and he was formally appointed the King of Cambodia on October 29, 2004. He remains the ruling monarch to this day.

Observing King’s Coronation Day in Cambodia

One of the main events that take place on this day is the official state-sponsored birthday celebration for the king. There are also parades, festivals, and other special events that occur on this day.

Many birthday wishes are broadcast on television and radio, so the entire country can participate in the festivities, even from home. On social media, the hashtag #KingsCoronationDayCambodia can be used to share this holiday across the internet.

Where is it celebrated?
Cambodia (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
October 29 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 29 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 29 Sunday