Sunday, February 3, 2013

Funeral schedule for tomorrow, day 4, cremation

New 1000 riel notes issues last week, bearing the image of King Father Norodom Sihanouk on the face 
and an image of the King Father's hearse from the first funerary procession (October 18, 2012) 

Brief outline of a rough translation of the schedule of Sihanouk's funeral for Day 4, as issued by the Ministry of Information:

6:00am to 12:00noon - The same as the 2nd and 3rd day.
16:00pm - Meeting of monks, royal family, government, senate, parliament, army, secretary of state.
16:30pm - Ambassadors arrive at the south of Veal Preach Meru.
                  - Royal family and government officers arrive at the south gate of Veal Preah Meru.
17:10pm - Hun Sen, Chea Sim, Heng Samrin and spouses arrive the south of Veal Preah Meru.
17:20pm - Foreign dignitaries arrive at Veal Preah Meru.
17:40pm - The King and Queen Mather arrive at Veal Preah Meru.
17:50pm - 90 monks perform ceremony.
18:00pm - The King and the Queen Mother apply fire the funeral pyre.Cremation.
              - Cannon salute on the riverfront for a the 3rd time.
              - The King and the Queen mother mark release over 400 prisoners The King and the Queen mother  give gifts at the front of Veal Preah Meru.


Edit: Feb 4, mid-day - Hearing rumors of various times for the cremation that differ from the officially published schedule. At least one reliable source now says 5PM.  

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