THAI people nationwide continue to hold mourning activities to show their love and respect for the beloved late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on October 13, Thai PBS said today.
From the country’s hilltribe people in the North to the Thai Muslim communities in the deep South, various activities were held to remember His Majesty the late King.
In Chiang Mai’s hill villages, thousands of ethnic Hmong from 54 villages gathered and lined up to form the Thai symbol for the number nine, in honor of HM the late King.
They staged a traditional thank you ceremony to show their loyalty and jointly sang a song dedicated to HM the late King.
The song, “Hmong’s tears for King Rama 9” tells the loyalty the Hmong hilltribe people have for the “Royal Father” and their feeling on the loss of the Father.
“When I heard the news that he has passed away, my heart was broken, my tears were rolling. HM the King was so kind to the hilltribe people and helped us… I couldn’t explain how much he has helped us, it was too enormous to describe. I cried tears of blood in grief .”
Meanwhile more than 200 hilltribe people from three northern provinces comprising Phitsanulok, Tak, and Sukhothai arrived at Bangkok Railway Station this morning after a long train journey to pay last respects to their beloved Por Luang.
They included Karen, Hmong, Lisor, Muser, and Akka tribes
They were seen off last night by the governor of Phitsanulok Suppachai Iamsuwan, and local government authorities.
They were part of the 999 hilltribe people from nine tribes who are on their way from the northern provinces by train to Bangkok this week.
At the same time, eight ethnic Hmong women walked six hours from their Hmong Doi Pui village to the Chiang Mai Provincial Hall to pay respects to the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
They all said although they had to walk over 30 kilometers, they did not feel tired as they came with strong determination to pay respects to His Majesty the late King.
In Yala province, more than 2,500 students of Yala Rajabhat University gathered last night at the university’s compound amid rain to form the Thai number 9 in a show of respect and loyalty to His Majesty the late King.
In the northeastern Kalasin province, the governor also led more than 3,000 people, who gathered after being called by social media, to show their loyalty to His Majesty the late King by singing the Royal Anthem at a cultural center at Kham Muang district, the place where HM the late King had visited his subjects and successfully helped develop careers for the residents.
In neighboring Sakhon Nakhon province, artists from Phupan district also jointly painted pictures of HM the late King.
The paintings would be shown at Ming Muang Field as many activities were scheduled to be held there on November 11 to honor HM the late King who had visited Sakon Nakhon 109 times over the past several years.
Meanwhile residents of Udon Thani’s Phiboon Mangsahan district also prepared to build a pavilion similar to the pavilion constructed for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit when they visited the district 61 years ago.
The new teakwood pavilion would be built on the same location to replace the damaged pavilion.
Their Majesties visited the district on November 17, 1955.
In the southern province of Trang, mahouts brought five elephants – Plai Pepoo, Plai Carabao, Plai Erawan, Plai Nga Deaw and Pang Boonma, aged between 14-45 years old from Huay Yod district to jointly pay respects to HM the late King in front of his picture.
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