Activities to be held at Thai embassies abroad on royal cremation day

Thai embassies and consulates abroad will carry out activities in connection with the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26 for the Thai people to participate.

In Sweden, the Thai embassy in Stockholm has invited the Thai people and their families to take part in a ceremony to parade the royal seal (the Order of the Seraphim) from the Stockholm Palace to the Riddarholmskyrkan or Riddarholm Church on Thursday, Oct 26.

Those interested in taking part in the activity are to gather at the square in front of the western gate of the Stockholm Palace at 11.30am. After the parade of the royal seal, a ceremony to lay sandalwood flowers, or dok mai chan, will be held at the embassy between 1.30pm-5pm.

The parade of the royal seal will be accompanied by guards of honour.

There will be the traditional “serafimerringning” (church bells toll of the Seraphim) for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for one hour between noon and 1pm.

In Egypt, led by ambassador Chainarong Kiratiyutwong, the Thai embassy staff and people have cleaned up the embassy compound to prepare for the dok mai chan laying ceremony on Oct 26.

In the United States, a ceremony for people to lay dok mai chan will be held on Oct 26 at several locations including the Thai embassy and consulates, Thai communities and Thai temples. (See for details).

In Chicago, the Thai consulate has issued an announcement, inviting the Thai people in Chicago and surrounding areas to watch live television broadcast of the parade of the six processions from Thailand.

The Thai people there can also lay dok mai chan at the Thai pavilion at Wat Thammaram in Chicago. (See for details.)

In the United Kingdom, the Thai embassy in London has announced the list of 13 Thai temples throughout the country where the Thai people can lay dok mai chan. (See for details.)

In Australia, the Thai embassy and Wat Thammatharo in Canberra have invited the Thai people to taking part in offerring alms to monks, a Buddhist prayer and the dok mai chan laying ceremony at Wat Thammatharo in Canberra between 10.15am-9.30pm.

In Japan, the dok mai chan laying ceremony will be held at the multi-purpose building of the Thai embassy in Tokyo. (See for details.)