The Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremation day and it has been declared a public holiday.
The Cabinet, during its meeting on 25 April 2017, approved 26 October as a public holiday to allow the people to take part in paying final tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The process of the Royal Cremation will last five days. On the first day, 25 October, a royal merit-making ceremony will be held at 17.30 hr, in preparation for moving the royal urn to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. It will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
On the second day, 26 October, the royal urn will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at 07.00 hr. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will take place between 17.30 hr and 22.00 hr at the Royal Crematorium. The actual cremation is scheduled for 22.00 hr.
The collection of royal relics will take place on the third day, 27 October at 08.00 hr, at the Royal Crematorium. On the fourth day, 28 October at 17.30 hr, a merit-making ceremony will be held for the royal relics at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.
On the fifth day, 29 October at 10.30 hr, the royal relics will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Later, on the same day, at 17.30 hr, the royal ashes will be enshrined at two temples, namely Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives.
Traditional sandalwood flowers to be presented by the people for the Royal Cremation Ceremony will be arranged at various places in Bangkok, the provinces, and foreign countries. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will build a number of floral niches where sandalwood flowers are to be offered.
In the provinces, the Ministry of Interior serves as the core agency in selecting appropriate places in all districts to build the floral niches. In foreign countries, the ceremony for the presentation of sandalwood flowers will be arranged at the Royal Thai Embassies, consulates, and Thai temples, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the core agency.
After the Royal Cremation Ceremony, an exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from 1 to 30 November, where people will be able to learn more about the ceremony. The exhibition will feature arts and culture regarding the Royal Crematorium and related structures. The Ministry of Culture serves as the core agency in organizing this exhibition.