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2014-09-30

The official day of homage to late King- Father Norodom Sihanouk falls on 15 October. The day is set by the Cambodian government as the Memorial Day for former King Norodom Sihanouk. The day is also included in a sub-decree on public holiday calendar for 2014. The circular issued by the government requires all ministries, institutions, public and private enterprises to organize the Memorial Day in accordance with Cambodian custom and tradition.

It also instructed all Cambodian embassies and consulates- general to foreign countries to hold the day in accordance with national prestige and pride on international arena. The most revered ex-King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia died of illness at the age of 90 in Beijing on October 15 and his body was transported to Phnom Penh by Air China Jumbo Jet on October 17.

The country announced a week of mourning from October 17-23, and the body of the King-Father will be lying in state at least three months at the Royal Palace before the body is cremated.

Born on October 31, 1922, King Sihanouk reigned the country from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on October 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

Sihanouk was the king who led the country to gain independence from France in 1953. He had been a presence through decades of political and social turmoil in Cambodia, despite long periods of exile overseas.

He was named the father of independence, territorial integrity, and national reconciliation and unity.

He suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years before his death.