Thais wear aus­pi­cious pink to help king re­cover

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BANGKOK: Thais yes­ter­day wore pink for 88-year-old King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, a colour they be­lieve will help im­prove the monarch’s health, two days af­ter the palace said he was in an un­sta­ble con­di­tion.

King Bhu­mi­bol, the world’s longest reign­ing monarch, is widely revered in Thai­land. Dur­ing his seven decades on the throne the king, who is also seen as a uni­fy­ing force for the coun­try, has in­ter­vened when events threat­ened to plunge Thai­land into cri­sis.

The palace said on Sun­day the king’s health was “not sta­ble” fol­low­ing haemodial­y­sis treat­ment in hospi­tal, a process to pu­rify the blood. It said a ven­ti­la­tor was de­ployed af­ter the monarch’s blood pres­sure dropped.

It is un­usual for the palace to state that the king’s health is not sta­ble. State­ments on the king’s are usu­ally is­sued af­ter the monarch’s con­di­tion shows im­prove­ment.

Strict laws sup­presses any public dis­cus­sion of the king’s health.

Many Thais are highly su­per­sti­tious and some be­lieve brightly coloured clothes can at­tract good luck.

Mes­sages shared on so­cial me­dia since the palace state­ment have urged Thais to wear pink, a colour which first be­came im­por­tant a few years ago when royal as­trologers said it was good for the king and would pro­mote well­be­ing.

Since then, the king has some­times been seen in public wear­ing pink.

In Bangkok’s Silom district, Chay Chi­na­pairot, 46, a gov­ern­ment em­ployee, was among those wear­ing pink.

“I’m very con­cerned. I might wear pink ev­ery day,” he said.

One Face­book page called “We Love Thai King”, which has more than 2.5 mil­lion mem­bers, used the so­cial me­dia hash­tag #wishthathis­majestyre­cov­er­ssoon.

Wat Pathum Wa­naram, a tem­ple in the city’s main shop­ping district, said monks would chant prayers for the king.

Well-wish­ers yes­ter­day flocked to Siri­raj Hospi­tal in Bangkok where the king has spent much of the past year. – Reuters

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