Loyal subjects all over the kingdom joined together as one to pray and make merit Saturday July 28 to mark the 66th birthday of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
Banglamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong led the public in the July 28 morning ceremony to give alms to 67 monks. Residents paid their respects to HM King Rama X and also prayed for the good health of HM Queen Sirikit.
That evening, Naris joined Pattaya City Manager Chanatpong Sriviset and city council members in a candlelight ceremony at the district office.
Everyone wore yellow clothes, many made of Thai fabrics, or their government uniforms to pay obeisance by presenting gold and silver trays of flowers, incense and candles.
The crowd sang the Royal Anthem and King Rama X’s Chalermprakiat song to demonstrate loyalty on his 66th birthday.
In Chonburi, Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai and his wife Supaporn, chairwoman of the Chonburi Red Cross, led a merit-making ceremony that saw dried rice and food to 69 monks from temples across the province.
Some of the offerings were allocated to monks receiving medical treatment at various hospitals.
Similar ceremonies were held in Sattahip where District chief Anucha Intasorn and Adm. Sukitti Sangiampong, commander of the Sattahip Naval Base, respectively led civilians and navy personnel in making offerings of food and alms to 67 monks.
Ceremonies also were held in all districts of Chonburi where the public and private organizations pledged their allegiance to HM the King.
Officials pledged to be honest in their work and loyal to their country. They also swore to forever protect the monarchy. The people thanked His Majesty for his beneficence towards the Thai people, by his generosity, his knowledge and his dedicated work towards improving the living standards of the Thai people.
On the same day at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip, Vice Adm. Warah Taenkum, commander of the Air Coastal and Defense Command, led more than 1,000 military and civilians in releasing 667 sea turtles and 67,000 sea creatures of various breeds into the sea.