Today, October 13, the Thai nation annually commemorates the fifth anniversary of the death of His Royal Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). A great man who died in 2016 at the age of 88.
The day has been marked as a national holiday to pay tribute to the father of the Kingdom of Thailand and commemorate his legacy.
Considered to be Thailand’s longest-serving monarch since 1946, His Majesty King Rama IX has been recognized nationally and internationally for his ability to avert countless national disasters through his intelligence, steadfastness and his love for the country and the Thai people.
His countless royal projects and his self-sufficiency philosophy are eagerly passed on today to fight poverty and improve the quality of life of Thai citizens. As a result, he was considered the “father of the nation”.
In memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thai people are encouraged today to wear yellow clothing, which represents the symbolized colour of the king, as a sign of respect.
Some come together to participate in charitable and community services, such as cleaning roads or beaches, collecting garbage, distributing food, donations and other good deeds.
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Several activities are planned by the Thai government today to honour His Royal Majesty, including an almsgiving ceremony for Buddhist monks and novices. However, this year’s gatherings and other official ceremonies would either not be held officially due to the current spread of the Covid19 virus or be scaled down to small, tightly controlled ceremonies.
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