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Sihanouk honoured 100 days after death

Sihanouk honoured 100 days after death

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Mourners place flowers beside a photograph of the late King Norodom Sihanouk near the Royal Palace in October. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post

Monks and members of the royal family honored King Father Norodom Sihanouk yesterday at the Royal Palace to mark the passage of 100 days after his death, a traditional custom widely observed in Buddhist funeral practices.

Ninety monks, senior government officials, King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk gathered at the palace to pray and make offerings of food, said Prince Sisowath Thomico, a former aide to Sihanouk.

“We celebrated through our traditions by offering the food to the 90 monks,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and wife, Bun Rany, were in attendance as well, joining in the prayers and giving food to the monks.

Sihanouk died on October 15 in Beijing at the age of 89.

After his body was brought back to Cambodia on an Air China flight, a funeral procession drew hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets, and a similar turnout is likely during Sihanouk’s funeral procession on February 1 and cremation three days later.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]


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