Major merit-making ceremonies are being held in various parts of the country on 20-21 January 2017 to mark the 100th day since the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX.
On this occasion, mass ordination ceremonies have been held in many provinces, with a great number of men entering the monkhood for a certain period, as a tribute to His Majesty the late King.
The much-revered King passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on 13 October 2016 at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. The passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol was cited as one of the greatest losses in the lifetime of Thai people. His body has been lying in state at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound. Religious ceremonies have been held every day at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall since the passing of His Majesty.
Huge crowds of mourners have come to the Grand Palace since then to pay their respects to the late King and to show their love for him and their gratitude for all he had done. Throughout his 70 years on the throne, His Majesty King Bhumibol truly reigned with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Thai people from all walks of life. He also brought himself into close contact with the people.
He is greatly missed by his subjects, who hold lasting memories of him, and when they recall his life and work, they are filled with much admiration and appreciation for what he did for the people during his long and remarkable reign.
His Majesty King Bhumibol ascended the throne as King Rama IX of the Royal House of Chakri on 9 June 1946. Throughout the 70 years of his reign, Thailand has developed immensely in all areas. He sought ways to help people through his in-depth studies and experimentation. His Majesty also initiated more than 4,000 projects to solve the people’s problems and improve their living conditions.
The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, bestowed to the Thai people, is one of the enduring legacies of His Majesty the late King. It is a guide to conducting all aspects of life, with a focus on moderation, reasonableness, and self-immunity. Based on the application of this philosophy, Thailand has shared its experience and best practices with the international community in promoting sustainable development.
The Government is preparing to construct the Royal Crematorium for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol. The Royal Cremation is the occasion when the royal urn is placed on the funeral pyre for the cremation. The crematorium will be constructed in stages at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground, after the 100th day since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.