Nation poised to honour King
A day of ceremonies and celebrations will get under way tomorrow for His Majesty the King's 68th birthday in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country, the government announced on Sunday.
Ceremonies will begin with merit-making rites and the offering of alms to 69 monks at 7am in Sanam Luang. The event will be presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.
It will be followed by the swearing of an oath by state officials to conduct themselves ethically and be a force to move the country forward.
Also at Sanam Luang, ceremonial offerings will be presented by government representatives before a portrait of His Majesty the King at 6pm.
At 7pm, there will be a fireworks display at Sanam Luang in an event also presided over by Gen Prayut and which will also be the highlight of the government conveying birthday messages to His Majesty the King.
From tomorrow until Friday, jit arsa volunteer activities will be organised at Sanam Luang and other localities.
Ms Narumon said activities will be carried out in local communities with assistance from state agencies and private businesses. They include environmental improvements and public health safety projects.