Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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The Royal Cremation of His Majesty 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 by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to His Majesty the late King. 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.

Festivities to pay a final tribute and farewell to the His Majesty King Bhumibol and to mark the ending of an official mourning period include public performances, such as the khon masked drama, puppet shows, and orchestras.
They will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Royal Cremation Day, 26 October 2017, and run through 6:00 a.m. on the following day.

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.

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.

Source: http://www.kingrama9.net
The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Date: 13 June 2017

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