Govt names May 6 as holiday
The government has announced May 6, the final day of His Majesty the King's three-day coronation, as a special national holiday.
That is the day the King will receive foreign diplomats and greet his people, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday.
A day off for both state and private sectors will ensure all events go smoothly, he said.
The coronation will take place on the morning of May 4, a Saturday, before the King performs a liap phranakhon ceremony, a short trip arranged in a traditional procession in parts of Bangkok, the following day.
Though the most important events are held in this period, preparations for the ceremony will begin from early April and a post-coronation ceremony is also scheduled in May, Gen Prayut said.
The prime minister himself will preside over a ritual to have monks bless water collected from 108 sacred sources across the country, to be held between April 18 and 19 at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam in the capital.
Learn from listening
- coronation: the crowning of a king or queen - วันฉัตรมงคล
- deity: a god -
- diplomat: an official whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country - นักการทูต
- inscribe: to write or cut words, your name, etc. onto something - สลัก, จารึก, เขียนมอบ
- preparation: things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
- procession: a line of people or vehicles moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event - ขบวน(ราช) รถในพิธี
- ritual: a formal ceremony - พิธีการ
- sacred: considered to be holy - ศักดิ์สิทธิ์
- sector: a part of a country’s economic or business activity - ภาค (เศรษฐกิจ)
- sheet: a thin flat piece of paper, metal, plastic, glass etc - สิ่งที่เป็นแผ่นแบน (เช่น แผ่นกระดาษ, แผ่นเหล็ก, แผ่นแก้ว)