The Father of the Nation, whose achievements throughout his 70-year reign saw him bestowed the titles “King Bhumibol The Great” and “King of Kings”, has long held a special place in the hearts of Thais and foreigners alike, especially in Phuket, where their love and devotion has held apparent.
As with elsewhere throughout the country, many banks, shops and businesses will close today, a national public holiday, so that the people can pay their respects. Foreigners are invited to join the memorial services, though have been urged to respect the deeply sensitive nature of this period of mourning.
The Public Relations Department Phuket office is inviting one and all to join a government-organised event where ceremonies and performances in memoriam of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be held at Saphan Hin in Phuket Town tonight and tomorrow night (Oct 13-14).
“Everyone is allowed to join the various events and musical and theatrical performances that will take place at Saphan Hin on Friday (Oct 13) and Saturday (Oct 14) in the evening,” said event organiser Lertpong Tansowat.
“The events will honour and remember our late King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” he said.
“There will certainly be many other events happening around the island organised by the private sector, however, this event is the only one organised by the Phuket PR office,” he added.
Merit-making today began at 7am with an alms-giving ceremony during which food was given to monks.
“People can also join a memorial merit-making mass prayer led by 10 monks, starting at 4:30pm,” explained Butsaya Jaipiem, Chief of the Public Relations Department Phuket office.
“After the mass prayer, the monks will lay down a funeral robe and light candles in front of an image of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Then people may approach to pay their respects in front of the image.
“The monks will then give a sermon before closing the ceremony with prayer,” Ms Butsaya said.