Phuket honours Thai king on birthday

5 Dec 2011

Crowds of people went to Phuket Provincial Hall this morning to join a merit-making ceremony in honour of the revered Thai king. Today is the auspicious 84th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and merit-makers were joined at the event venue by 85 Buddhist monks and Phuket dignitaries including Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha.

The governor was joined by his wife, Phuket Town Mayor Somjai Suwansupana, Chief Judge Attakorn Foocharoen and local police boss Pekad Tantipong. The rites began at around 07:00 when well-wishers offered food and alms to the monks, which is the Thai way of garnering merit for a respected individual.

The merit-making was scheduled to continue at 14:00 when Governor Tri Augkaradacha will hand out 840,000 bags to citizens at the Provincial Office. Today is also the first day of the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, which is traditionally timed to coincide with the monarch’s anniversary.

A new event for this year is the Phuket World Musiq Festival, which began on Friday and is scheduled to finish tonight. This extravaganza is being held at Saphin Hin Park and features nightly music concerts with renditions by both local and international artistes. Performances begin at 16:00 today.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended the Thai throne in 1946 after the death of his brother, Ananda Mahidol. His 65-year-reign is the longest ever in Thai history and he is also currently the longest serving head of a nation in the world.

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