A nation bereft and in mourning bids a final farewell
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