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Candle-lit Ceremony to Pay Tribute to King Rama IX

6 December 2020 (Readers 897)


Their Majesties the King and Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, presided over the candle-lit ceremony to pay tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great (Rama IX) on 5 December 2020 at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok.

The event was meant to commemorate the birthday of the late King, 5 December, which is also observed as Thailands National Day and National Fathers Day.

It was the first time that Their Majesties presided over this annual candle-lit ceremony, attended by Cabinet members, leaders of the armed forces, government officials, and members of the public.

In his statement at the ceremony, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on behalf of Cabinet members, government officials, and the people from all walks of life, expressed great joy over the coming of Their Majesty the King and Queen to perform this ceremony.

He said that, in remembrance of the royal benevolence of King Rama IX, the Government would adopt the royal wishes of His Majesty King Rama X in "treasuring, preserving, and building on our heritage as guidelines for performing its duty for the benefit of the country.

In his royal address to the gathering of the people, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) said that King Rama IX had carried out numerous royal functions and activities for the benefit of the country and the people throughout the 70 years of his reign. It is evident that King Rama IX laid foundations for developing the nation and the livelihoods of the people. He promoted the development of education, medical services, and public health, as well as natural resource and environmental management.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great also bestowed upon the Thai people the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, which provides guidance for leading their lives. This philosophy, with the Middle Way as an important pillar, comprises reasonableness, moderation, and self-immunity. Two other conditions knowledge and morality would make the principle of Sufficiency Economy work.

"This provides the people with a firm foundation upon which they can build further progress and cope with global changes, His Majesty King Rama X said.

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