Friday, February 1, 2013

Mourning the King Father

The specially-built cremation site - by Kampuchea Party Republic
This morning I went to work as usual whilst almost everyone else was witnessing a piece of history. The procession of the King Father Norodom Sihanouk's body from the Royal Palace to the cremation site opposite the National Museum was witnessed by millions of Cambodians, either in person (many waiting for hours under the scorching sun along the route), on huge video screens set up around town or via the wall-to-wall television coverage provided by the tv companies. The streets around my office were as quiet as a mouse, with only the occasional helicopter flying overhead disrupting the peace. For the next couple of days, huge crowds are expected to converge on the capital before the actual cremation ceremony takes place on Monday. I've been invited to attend a small ceremony with my football club colleagues on Sunday morning. I'd better find a white shirt and black trousers from somewhere.

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