Cambodia celebrates King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day every 29 October with a public holiday. King Norodom Sihamoni has reigned over Cambodia since 2004, when his father, Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne.
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Norodom Sihamoni was born into the royal family of Cambodia in 1953, to the reigning king and queen. He ended up studying and living abroad for the greater part of his life, but he was in Cambodia when the dreaded Khmer Rouge took power. He was then put under arrest for two years, before being released. At that point he moved to France.
In 2004 his father King Norodom Sihanouk suddenly abdicated due to falling into poor health. At that point, his son returned home to Cambodia. A council chose Sihamoni as the heir to the throne, and he was coronated in a highly formal ceremony on 29 October that year.
Every year, Cambodians come out to celebrate the anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation with great fanfare. There are parades, fireworks, entertainment events, and cultural displays. The monarchy in Cambodia is deeply ingrained in the national history and culture, and the people show great love and adoration for the king.