His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day
Saturday 13 October commemorates the death of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on 13 October. However, as the 13 falls on a weekend day, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday, 15th November 2018.
In 2017 on 13 October a moment’s silence was held across the nation at 15:52. It is assumed that on this Saturday 13 October 2018 a similar respect to the late King will most likely be observed only in some areas of Bangkok to mark the exact time the monarch died.
Born on 5 December 1927, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October 2016. The late King took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”. After a long struggle with illness, the king finally passed away, at the age of 88.
A prayer service is to be staged this Friday 17 August 2018 at the Dusit Palace in tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign on the occasion of her birthday anniversary, and His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
His Majesty the King has graciously entrusted the Supreme Patriarch with leading 195 monks in performing the prayer while calling for the important Buddhist relic Phra Buddha Norasih to be the central Buddhist image. The prayer ceremony is a continuation of the “Dhamma Rachinee” practice initiated by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign.
Participants in the ceremony will receive royally bestowed prayer offerings that they will be able to take home to commemorate the occasion. Parking will be provided at Suan Dusit Zoo and the Royal Turf Club from 4PM on Friday with a shuttle service to Dusit Palace.