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Grand celebrations to mark HM the King’s Birthday

 On the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 82nd Birthday Anniversary, 5 December 2009, the public and private sectors, as well as Thai people all over the country, have prepared a series of celebrations both in the capital and the provinces, throughout December.

 On 1-7 December, the Ha Thanwa Maharaj (or 5 December the Great) fair will be organized along the illuminated Ratchadamnoen Road starting from Sanam Luang to the Royal Plaza. Small stages will be set up along the way to enable various government units to hold different entertainment programs. On 1 December, Brahminical rites will be held to pay homage to the protector God of the country – Phra Siam Devathiraj – as well as to the ancestral kings.

On 2 December, the Ha Thanwa Maharaj Foundation, the organiser of the fair, will launch a parade of 1,000 motorcycles at Sanam Luang in honor of His Majesty the King. Demonstrations of age-old ceremonies will be held including ‘Tham Khwan Nak’ — the traditional celebration for people entering monkhood.

On 3 December, an open-air stage will be set up at Sanam Luang for students from different educational institutions to present numerous performances. At 7 p.m. a musical show entitled The Greatest of the Kings The Greetings of the Land will be inaugurated. The show, to be held in front of the Government Lottery Office, will continue until midnight with pop jazz and orchestral music, as well as light and sound presentations. The show will be held every evening from 3 – 7 December, 6.00-12.00 p.m. During the period, Ratchadamnoen Road will be brightened up with 9,999 decorative lights. There will be a parade of illuminated cars every night as well as dancing-fountain displays in accompaniment of royally-composed music at nine spots and on the pedestrian islands along Ratchadamnoen Rd. Government units will set up booths along the road. Pink wrist bands will be put on sale at 99 baht each, the proceeds from which will be presented to HM the King for use at royal disposal.

In Bangkok, during 3-7 December an exhibition in honor of HM the King will be held at Jetsadabodin Pavilion on Ratchadamoen Rd. The exhibition will be divided into four sections, comprising display boards featuring royal activities, multimedia presentation, light and sound presentation, and the section where visitors will be able to sign books of well-wishers and get free postcards of His Majesty provided by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

4 December will see the official opening of the grand celebrations to mark HM the King’s 82nd Birthday Anniversary, with Her Royal Highness Princess Ubol Ratana presiding over the religious chanting by Buddhist monks to bless His Majesty.

On 5 December, HRH Princess Ubol Ratana will preside over a food-offering ceremony to 2,583 monks, religious chanting and the mass ordination of 53 monks at Sanam Luang. Celebrations will follow throughout the day with Likay native musical drama, Thai folk music, movie shows, sports competition and floral tributes offered by people from all walks of life. At 7 p.m. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will preside over the candle-lit ceremony offering good wishes to HM the King. The ceremony to be held at Sanam Luang, will be broadcast live on television and radio nationwide.

During 5-13 December, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will host many activities at the Royal Plaza from 5.00-9.00 p.m. Among them will be a 4D Visual Lights and Sound show in the compound of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall starting from 7.00 p.m.

 Apart from the activities organized by the government sector, the private sector will also join in the celebrations by holding more than 260 activities nationwide.

All the activities are organized to show the gratitude Thai people have towards His Majesty’s tireless dedication to improve the quality of life of his subjects for the past 80 years. The National News Bureau of Thailand invites all Thais to do good as a tribute to HM the King, by following the royal concepts and the pattern of his life and work.

Activities in celebration of HM the King’s 82nd Birthday Anniversary

All activities to celebrate HM the King’s 82nd birthday anniversary will be held under the same theme of “The Greatest of the King The Greeting of the Land” , as agreed upon by the Organizing Committee for the Celebration in Honor of HM the King on the occasion of His 82nd Birthday Anniversary. Major activities are held during 1 – 13 December 2009 at three sites namely:

1. The Dusit Palace’s compound : Activities on the site will be held from 5 – 13 December, from 18.00 – 21.00 hrs under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior. They include 4D Light&Sound presentations to be screened in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and installation of LED screens along the Ratchadamnoen Avenue, on the section from Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall to Phan Phiphob Lila Bridge.

 2. On Ratchadamnoen Road : Activities will be held on three stages from 3 – 7 December during 18.00 – 24.00 hrs under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance and 15 other ministries, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Royal Thai Police. The three stages are :-

1st Stage, located in front of Phra Kan Fortress, where the official opening of the celebration will be launched at 19.00 hrs with the release of the first light, to the accompaniment of pyrotechnics fireworks. All the lights along the road will then be turned on while all the stages begin their shows.

2nd Stage, located at the Democracy Monument, will present light-and-sound shows and fireworks.

3rd Stage, located in front of the Government Lottery Office, will concentrate on musical shows to be staged every evening. Interesting activities include – shows of 9,999 glittering lights – parade of 24 electric vehicles in light-and-sound shows – musical and dancing fountains – paper folding in heart shape as a tribute to HM the King

3. At Sanam Luang : Activities include – The ceremony to worship Phra Siam Devathiraj, the Protector God on 1 December – Mass ordination at Sa Ket Monastery on 3 December and, – Marching by officials from various government units carrying floral tributes in honor of HM the King on 5 December – Candle-lit ceremony to wish HM the King a happy birthday at 19.00hrs, 5 December – A wide variety of entertainment shows.

[Source : thainews.prd.go.th]

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