Year of mourn­ing for Thai king ends

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Bangkok

– 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. –

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