A na­tion bereft and in mourn­ing bids a fi­nal farewell

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The royal cre­ma­tion rites—a na­tion bids farewell; re­mem­ber­ing through jazz; a Thai wel­come in Lon­don; and Chan­intr rings the changes

ark­ing the first an­niver­sary since the pass­ing of our beloved monarch, this is an im­por­tant month for the king­dom as the royal cre­ma­tion of His Majesty the late King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej takes place dur­ing 25-29 Oc­to­ber. On the first day, a royal merit mak­ing cer­e­mony will be held at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall lo­cated in the Grand Palace com­plex. The ac­tual royal cre­ma­tion day will be Thurs­day, 26 Oc­to­ber, which has been de­clared a pub­lic hol­i­day to en­able the na­tion to take part in pay­ing a fi­nal tribute to His Majesty the late king. The royal relics will then be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be en­shrined in the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. This will be fol­lowed by the en­shrin­ing of the royal ashes at two dif­fer­ent tem­ples, Wat Ratch­abophit and Wat Bovo­ranives. In re­cent months thou­sands upon thou­sands of peo­ple through­out the coun­try have taken part in cre­at­ing beau­ti­fully hand-made san­dal­wood flow­ers for the oc­ca­sion, as an act of love and fi­nal farewell. These tra­di­tional fu­ner­ary flow­ers are be­ing col­lected from Thais liv­ing over­seas and at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions set up by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Bangkok and through­out the prov­ince and will be burned dur­ing the cre­ma­tion rites. Though this is our last good­bye to a much-loved fa­ther fig­ure, his ex­am­ples will re­main a bea­con to us all.

tra­di­tion re­spected Prepa­ra­tions for the royal cre­ma­tion cer­e­mony near com­ple­tion at Sanam Luang

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