THAIS MAKE MERIT FOR BELOVED ‘PEOPLE’S KING’
Nationwide almsgiving ceremony held ahead of late ruler’s cremation on Oct 26
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
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.