Year of mourning for Thai king ends
– Thailand officially ended a year of mourning for its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday, marking a return to colours for some after a monotone year during which many wore black from head-to-toe out of respect for their revered monarch.
Hundreds of thousands of people thronged Bangkok’s historic quarter to bid farewell last week to King Bhumibol, who died in October 2016. His $90 million (R1.2bn) funeral, full of pomp and ancient ritual, took place over five days. His remains were brought to their final resting place within Bangkok’s Grand Palace on Sunday.
The funeral bunting that had hung on the gates of Bangkok’s Government House for a year was taken down yesterday and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the official end of the mourning period.
“The government would like to thank officials, both soldiers and civilians... and the more than 10 million Thais who came to pay respects to the royal body over the past year,” Prayuth said.
May Kanokwattana, 29, wore bright yellow as she waited at a Bangkok transport interchange. “I wore black for one year. I needed to show my sorrow. Today is the first day I am wearing a different colour,” she said. –