Millions of Thais make merits for their beloved late King today to remember his passing on this day last year

Millions of Thai people in the Kingdom and overseas today (Friday) held merit-making ceremonies at temples, public grounds, government offices in Bangkok and the provinces to mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

King Bhumibol passed away peacefully at 3.52pm on Oct 13, 2016 at Siriraj Hospital after a reign of 70 years.

In Bangkok, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun presides over the merit-making ceremonies at the Grand Palace today.

According to the announcement issued by the Bureau of the Royal Household and published in the royal Gazette, the ceremonies outlining the royal merit-making ceremonies for the late King will be held at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will preside over the ceremonies. The King will travel from the Ambara Villa of Dusit Palace to the Grand Palace, where he will attend the ceremony at 5.00pm Friday.

The King will place his personal wreath and a wreath from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit before the late King’s royal urn in the throne hall.

Thirty monks will chant prayers after which one monk will give a sermon.

The King will attend the royal merit-making ceremony again at 10.30am Saturday.

After the monks’ prayers the King will offer them food

Another 89 monks will be invited to pray for the late King in the throne hall.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as well as cabinet members and their spouses offer alms to the 89 monks at Government House at 7.00am today to mark the first anniversary of the passing of the beloved King.

Late today at 3.52pm, the government has invited the public to observe 89 seconds of silence at 3.52pm as the beloved late King passes away at 3.52pm on October 13 last year.

Meanwhile at the Royal Thai Navy HQ, naval personnel joined the people to hold merit-makings to mark the first anniversary of the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Alms were offered to 209 monks in the morning ceremony along a two-kilometre long Amarin road to the Siriraj Hospital.

Meanwhile in Khon Kaen province, provincial authorities led by the governor joined people from all walk of life to make merits for the beloved King to mark his passing one year ago today.

The governor Mr Domsak Changtrakul and the people later offered alms to 89 monks invited to pray for the late King.