THAIS MAKE MERIT FOR BELOVED ‘PEO­PLE’S KING’

Na­tion­wide alms­giv­ing cer­e­mony held ahead of late ruler’s cre­ma­tion on Oct 26

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BANGKOK and me­dia in a sim­i­lar cer­e­mony that ob­served 89 sec­onds of si­lence, to mark the king’s age if he had lived un­til his birth­day on Dec 5.

Rows of monks prayed amid por­traits of the king bor­dered with marigold flow­ers.

The na­tion­wide cer­e­mony pre­cedes a royal cre­ma­tion on Oct 26 at the Grand Palace, where Thais will bid the king a fi­nal farewell.

Though steeped in an­cient tra­di­tions, the fu­neral, which will run five days, will al­low greater par­tic­i­pa­tion by the pub­lic than those of previous kings.

Ar­ti­sans have spent 10 months work­ing in the cap­i­tal’s an­cient quar­ter to build an elab­o­rate cre­ma­tion site fash­ioned af­ter a vi- sion of heaven. Reuters

AGENCY PIX

Thais break­ing into tears as they of­fer alms to monks dur­ing a merit-mak­ing cer­e­mony to mark the first an­niver­sary of King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej’s death in Bangkok yes­ter­day.

The cre­ma­tion site for the late king Bhu­mi­bol Adu­layadej is re­flected on a lo­tus pool in Bangkok on Thurs­day.

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