THAIS MARK 1 YEAR SINCE KING’S DEATH WITH PRAYERS

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Thais marked one year since the death of King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej with solemn cer­e­monies and acts of per­sonal devo­tion Fri­day be­fore an elab­o­rate five-day fu­neral later this month. Of­fi­cial com­mem­o­ra­tions of Bhu­mi­bol were or­ga­nized at Bangkok’s Siri­raj Hospi­tal, where he died, and at Gov­ern­ment House and the or­nate royal palace. But many or­di­nary peo­ple showed their re­spects on the streets, at neigh­bor­hood mar­kets and tem­ples, kneel­ing be­fore or­ange-robed monks to per­form a Bud­dhist merit-mak­ing rit­ual. “You see his achieve­ments on TV some­times, but now that he has passed we are learn­ing about so many other things he has done for the coun­try,” said Panicha Nuapho, 66, who trav­eled 330 kms. for the event.

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