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9 November 2023: Doodle celebrates Cambodia’s Independence Day. On this day in 1953, the Southeast-Asian country signed its Declaration of Independence, officially becoming a free nation after a century of French and Japanese rule.
The capital city of Phnom Penh hosts the biggest Independence Day celebrations. Cambodians gather for a formal ceremony at the base of the towering Independence Monument where public officials give speeches. Later, marching bands and festive floats parade through downtown and in front of the Royal Palace.
At night, the Royal Palace and other government buildings are illuminated with the national colors of red and blue — just like the flag in today’s Doodle. Families might enjoy national dishes like samlar machu kroeung (herbal sour soup) and beef loc lac (tender beef with lime dipping sauce) before they watch fireworks fill the night sky.
About Cambodia Independence Day
Cambodia Independence Day, also known as National Day, is celebrated on November 9th each year. This significant national holiday commemorates the country’s independence from France, which was officially recognized on November 9th, 1953. Cambodia’s struggle for independence was a pivotal moment in its history, marking the end of its status as a French protectorate.
On this day, various events and celebrations take place throughout the country, including patriotic ceremonies, parades, cultural performances, and fireworks displays. The day serves as an occasion for Cambodians to reflect on their nation’s history, honor their cultural heritage, and celebrate the achievements and progress made since gaining independence.