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Millions of people joined candle-light ceremonies across the country on Thursday night to mark His Majesty the King’s 86th birthday. 

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Part of the huge crowd at Sanam Luang last night. WISIT THAMNGERN

Millions join candle-light celebrations

Millions of people joined candle-light ceremonies across the country on Thursday night to mark His Majesty the King’s 86th birthday.

From Bangkok, the ceremony at Sanum Luang was broadcast live on national television while each province held ceremonies at provincial halls in a concurrent event at 7.30pm.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leads the candle-light ceremony at Sanam Luang on Thursday night. APICHART JINAKUL

More of the Sanam Luang crowd. WISIT THAMNGERN

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra led the ceremony to praise the King’s kindness to his subjects, vowed to have unity and wished His Majesty a happy birthday.

There were 38 sets of fireworks at the candle-light ceremony at Sanam Luang last night APICHART JINAKUL

After the ceremony, there was also a set of 38 fireworks displays at Sanam Luang.

Ten of thousands of people join the candle-light ceremony on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. NATTAPOL LOVAKIJ

Anti-government demonstrators held their own ceremonies at their main protest sites at Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the government office complex on Chang Wattana Road where thousands of protesters wore yellow shirts as they joined the celebration.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration organised an event to form human letters into “Song Phra Charoen”, which means “Long Live the King”. PATIPAT JANTHONG

At Lan Kon Muang in front of City Hall, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration organised an event to form human letters into “Song Phra Charoen”, which means “Long Live the King”. The event was attended by its 3,700 officials.

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Vocabulary:

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA): the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร

broadcast: to send out a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว

complex: an area that has several parts - พื้นที่ประกอบด้วยส่วนต่าง ๆ

concurrent: existing or happening at the same time; simultaneous - ที่เกิดขึ้นพร้อมกัน, ที่กระทำร่วมกัน

demonstrators: people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something - ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง

display: a performance that is intended to entertain people - การแสดง

firework: an object that explodes when you light it and produces coloured lights and loud noise - ดอกไม้ไฟ, ดอกไม้เพลิง, พลุ

live: happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด

mark: to celebrate something - เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง

monument: a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน

praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม

protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

subject: a person who has the right to belong to a particular country, especially one with a king or queen - ประชากร, ผู้อยู่ภายใต้การปกครอง

unity: a situation in which people, groups, or countries join together or agree about something - ความเป็นเอกภาพ, ความเป็นอันหนึ่งอันเดียวกัน

vow: to make a formal and serious promise to do something - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ

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