When Cambodia celebrates Independence day?
Every Year on 9th November Cambodia celebrates its Independence Day, which is a national holiday. If 9 November falls on a Sunday, the following working day will be a holiday. On this day in November 1953 Cambodia’s Declaration of Independence from France. This day is celebrated annually at Independence Monument. The big celebrations are held in the capital city, Phnom Penh although there are some celebrations in many provinces.
Getting Independence from France was never so easy. It was in 1863 when France started controlling Cambodia. After being colonized
around 80 years, King Norodom Sihanouk began claiming independence from France in 1949. In 1953, he was successful to
gain full independence, and France agreed to decolonize the whole country. Due to this accomplishment and hardship , Cambodian
citizens respected him as “the father of independence (ព្រះមហាវីរបុរសជាតិ – ព្រះបិតាឯករាជ្យជាតិ)”, which depicts that he was the hero of the country. He helped make the country develop rapidly.
Independence Day is very special to Combodia and the whole country comes together to celebrate the festival which portrayed the Khmer success over colonization. It is celebrated in many places around the country.
In the morning all the leaders and representatives of state organizations and public departments must participate and celebrate the formal ceremony usually the roads and around the Independence Monument are closed to provide the space for the ceremony. The whole ceremony is broadcast on national television and radio.
The state palace across the country is decorated with some slogans related to the independence of Cambodia and the lights. At night, there is a firework in the Chatomuk River (ទន្លេចតុមុខ) located in front of the Royal Palace. A lot of people go out to see the event in front of the Royal Palace and Chroy Changvar area.