Sunday, December 4, 2011

PM invites public to join celebrations

 The Nation on Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00 am
PM invites public to join celebrations

Highlight of the coming week is tomorrow's public audience at Grand Palace

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday invited Thai citizens to join various activities to be held over the coming week in celebration of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday tomorrow. Yingluck extended her invitation to the Thai public during her weekly address, "The Yingluck Government Meets the People".

She urged all sectors of society to join a grand public audience, which will be a highlight of the activities celebrating the King's 7th-cycle birthday this month.

His Majesty the King has granted permission for a grand public audience to be held so people can pay tribute to him on his birthday. In the ceremony, the King will appear at the front balcony, or "muk det", of the Chakri Maha Prasart Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace compound at 10.30am tomorrow, when he will greet well-wishers.

The prime minister said yesterday that the government and state agencies have planned many celebration activities to commemorate the auspicious occasion between yesterday and December 9. The activities will take place at the Sanam Luang ceremonial field, along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Royal Plaza, Ambhorn Gardens and the Sanam Sua Pa compound.

The premier yesterday chaired a ceremony to worship Lord Buddha's tooth relics from Bhutan at Sanam Luang.

The relics will be placed in Thailand temporarily for people to worship to mark HM the King's birthday.

Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome yesterday presided over a merit-making ceremony at Sanam Luang and representatives from five major religions chanted and prayed for HM the King to mark this auspicious occasion.

Light-and-sound shows, exhibitions and performances to honour His Majesty were scheduled from yesterday to Friday at Sanam Luang, the Grand Palace, along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Royal Plaza, Ambhorn Gardens and the Sanam Sua Pa compound.

To mark this special occasion, between Thursday and tomorrow, people have been allowed to admire magnificent places inside the Grand Palace at night.

At the merit-making ceremony, Sukumol, other officials and members of the public offered alms to 109 Buddhist monks. The merit-making ceremony will be organised every morning from 6.30am to 8am until Friday.
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