East observes 15 days since King’s passing

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Temples, hospitals and government officials across the East marked 15 days since the passing of HM the King with solemn “banra­samawan” ceremonies.

Director Pichit Kangwolkit leads the lighting of candles and incense in the “ratanattaya” worship service at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Director Pichit Kangwolkit leads the lighting of candles and incense in the “ratanattaya” worship service at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

Banglamung District Deputy Chief Adirek Maimongkol lit incense and candles at Nong­prue Temple’s observation Oct. 28. Abbot Pipitkitjarak led 10 monks in chanting according to tradition as top sub-district officials prayed.

The temple is hosting chanting services nightly at 7 p.m. through Nov. 5.

Revered monks chant holy funeral prayers at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Revered monks chant holy funeral prayers at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

At the Nongprue municipal office, Mayor Mai Chaiyanit led civil servants and residents in signing the sub-district’s condolences book.

Revered monks chant holy funeral prayers at Wat Nongprue.
Revered monks chant holy funeral prayers at Wat Nongprue.

In Bang Saray, the 1st Naval Area Command held its banrasawan ceremony at its headquarters. Rear Adm. Yuth Pichitchumpol presided over the service, which also saw 10 monks chant rites from seven texts to mourn the late monarch who died Oct. 13.

Top officers said the military has been grateful for HM the late King’s kindness over his 70 years on the throne and wanted to come together to pay their respects.

The same sentiments were expressed at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya where Director Pichit Kangwolkit led the lighting of candles and incense in the “ratanattaya” worship service for doctors, nurses and staff.

Banglamung District Deputy Chief Adirek Maimongkol lights incense and candles at Nongprue Temple.
Banglamung District Deputy Chief Adirek Maimongkol lights incense and candles at Nongprue Temple.

Nine monks from Chong­lom Temple performed rites and stayed on for a morning meal at the hospital. The service ended with employees presenting alms to the monks.

Rear Adm. Yuth Pichitchumpol presides over the service at the 1st Naval Area Command in Bang Saray.
Rear Adm. Yuth Pichitchumpol presides over the service at the 1st Naval Area Command in Bang Saray.
Rear Adm. Yuth Pichitchumpol presents robes to monks at the 1st Naval Area Command in Bang Saray.
Rear Adm. Yuth Pichitchumpol presents robes to monks at the 1st Naval Area Command in Bang Saray.
Officials present robes to monks at the Nongprue municipal office.
Officials present robes to monks at the Nongprue municipal office.
Many doctors, nurses, office staff, patients and friends solemnly take part in the ceremonies at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Many doctors, nurses, office staff, patients and friends solemnly take part in the ceremonies at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit leads civil servants and residents in signing the sub-district’s condolences book.
Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit leads civil servants and residents in signing the sub-district’s condolences book.
Civil servants pray during the ceremony at the Nongprue municipal office.
Civil servants pray during the ceremony at the Nongprue municipal office.