On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Thailand began the extravagant five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Those mourning the former king are wearing all black for the occasion. During the ceremony, they have had to endure blistering hear during the day and heavy rains during the night.
The king’s remains have been kept safe away in the throne hall of Dusit palace. The cremation of the king will occur on Thursday night within a golden edifice. The edifice represents Mount Meru, a mystical place where Buddhist and Hindu gods allegedly stay.
Thai Official Prepare For Their Former King’s Funeral
Officials are expecting close to 250,000 people in Bangkok to line the streets in order to witness the intricate ceremony.
Monks in orange robes began to change, and officials adorning white uniform looked on as King Maha Vajiralongkorn fell to his knees underneath a golden umbrella. This particular ceremony is in preparation of moving the urn that represents the former king’s remains to his private crematorium.
It is a tradition to place Thai Royals in extravagant urns during the first mourning. However, the former king chose to be put in a coffin. The urn will be next to it.
King Bhumibol passed away last year on October 13th. The news garnered national attention.
Those mourning the king would do so for a year. Nearly 12 million people went to the throne hall in Thailand to pay their respects to the former king.
Though the funeral will be sad, there will be a lot of spiritual tradition and history amongst the crowd. Mourners will not, however, can not take any videos or pictures of the king.
To offset the heat, volunteers are handing out bottles of water to the crowd of mourners. Those within the crowd were holding up pictures of the former king and paying their respect.