In honour of Cambodia’s Independence Day, here is today’s Doodle. After a century of French and Japanese rule, the Southeast Asian nation became a free nation on this day in 1953 when it signed its Declaration of Independence.
The largest celebrations for Independence Day are held in Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. At the foot of the imposing Independence Monument, state authorities deliver addresses to an audience of Cambodians during a solemn event. Afterwards, floats and marching bands perform a parade in front of the Royal Palace and across downtown.
The national colours of red and blue are displayed at night on the Royal Palace and other government buildings, much like they are on the flag featured in today’s Doodle. Before watching fireworks light up the night sky, families may enjoy traditional meals like beef loc lac (tender beef with lime dipping sauce) and samlar machu kroeung (herbal sour soup).
Happy Independence Day, Cambodia!
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