Govt names May 6 as holiday

Govt names May 6 as holiday

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrives on Saturday at Government House to chair a meeting overseeing arrangements for His Majesty the King's coronation. (Photo courtesy Government House)
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrives on Saturday at Government House to chair a meeting overseeing arrangements for His Majesty the King's coronation. (Photo courtesy Government House)

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 King will pay respects to deities on May 2, followed by a ritual to carry phra suphannabap, a golden sheet with his name inscribed, to a palace on May 3.

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.


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Vocabulary

  • 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)

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