Eastern Seaboard celebrates HM the King’s birthday with parades, rifle salutes & song

Friday, 14 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 50 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Yellow shirts, candles and song were the order of the day as thousands of Eastern Seaboard residents turned out to celebrate the 85th birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

From Banglamung to Sattahip, celebrants marked Thailand’s national Father’s Day Dec. 5 with 21-gun salutes, parades and Buddhist offerings.

Festivities got underway early at the Banglamung District Office where Chief Chawalit Saeng-Uthai led a grand merit-making ceremony, offering rice and dried goods to 86 monks from area temples. Well-wishers signed birthday notes for His Majesty before singing “Sansern Phra Baramee” (Glorious King) and “Sadudee Maharaja” (Praise for the King and Queen).

Banglamung Mayor Chaowalit Saeng-Uthai, with Pattaya administrators and government officers pay their respects at Banglamung City Hall.Banglamung Mayor Chaowalit Saeng-Uthai, with Pattaya administrators and government officers pay their respects at Banglamung City Hall.

Monks praying and soldiers firing a rifle salute closed the ceremony.

Pattaya’s main celebration came to life late in the afternoon as thousands of Thais and foreigners adorned in yellow shirts joined a festive parade from Royal Garden Plaza to Bali Hai Pier.

A young elephant presents a garland to father elephant at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.A young elephant presents a garland to father elephant at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

They carried offerings to the city’s waterfront celebration opened by Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, who praised HM the King before leading a candle-lighting ceremony and filmed the singing of “Sufficient Pattaya,” a hymn penned by Ad Carabao in honor of HM the King’s sufficiency economy philosophy. Grand fireworks followed.

In Sattahip, a similar merit-making for 86 monks took place with district officials and Royal Thai Navy personnel at Sattahip City Hall. Mayor Phawat Lertmukda led the flower-and-incense ceremony, paying respect to portraits of the king and leading the crowd in song.

Nine monks chanted for blessings and glory while naval officers fired off their own 21-gun salute.

Father’s Day begins in Sattahip with people making merit.Father’s Day begins in Sattahip with people making merit.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden features Thai cultural dance performances on Father Day.Nong Nooch Tropical Garden features Thai cultural dance performances on Father Day.

Police fire a 21 gun salute in honor of His Majesty the King.Police fire a 21 gun salute in honor of His Majesty the King.

Pattaya’s Tailor Society marches down Walking Street on Father’s Day to honor HM the King.Pattaya’s Tailor Society marches down Walking Street on Father’s Day to honor HM the King.

The fun run attracts interest from tourists on both sides of the road.The fun run attracts interest from tourists on both sides of the road.

Sattahip prison inmates are allowed out of their cells for a short time to pay respect to their fathers.Sattahip prison inmates are allowed out of their cells for a short time to pay respect to their fathers.

 Bangkok Hospital Pattaya nurses represent their hospital and their profession well. Bangkok Hospital Pattaya nurses represent their hospital and their profession well.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden elephants hold signs announcing the ‘85th Birthday Long Live the King’.Nong Nooch Tropical Garden elephants hold signs announcing the ‘85th Birthday Long Live the King’.

Elephants maneuvered themselves into number 9, the number of the current Chakri Dynasty.Elephants maneuvered themselves into number 9, the number of the current Chakri Dynasty.

Pattaya School No. 7 students are having a great time while running past Walking Street heading towards Bali Hai during the Father’s Day run.Pattaya School No. 7 students are having a great time while running past Walking Street heading towards Bali Hai during the Father’s Day run.

Students from Pattaya School No. 7 smile before going for a run dedicated to HM the King.Students from Pattaya School No. 7 smile before going for a run dedicated to HM the King.

Father and children pose for photos on Father’s Day.Father and children pose for photos on Father’s Day.

Young soldiers march towards Bali Hai in the Father’s Day parade.Young soldiers march towards Bali Hai in the Father’s Day parade.

Sattahip youngsters watch in amazement as turtles hatch, followed later by releasing 86 turtles into the sea.Sattahip youngsters watch in amazement as turtles hatch, followed later by releasing 86 turtles into the sea.

Public officials, led by Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, light candles and sign the national anthem at Bali Hail.Public officials, led by Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, light candles and sign the national anthem at Bali Hail.

Elfi Seitz represents Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. Ltd., to present silver and golden panpum (flower cones) on Father’s Day.Elfi Seitz represents Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. Ltd., to present silver and golden panpum (flower cones) on Father’s Day.

Wannapa Wannasri (left) and Pratheep Malhotra (right) emcee the evening events in Thai and English.Wannapa Wannasri (left) and Pratheep Malhotra (right) emcee the evening events in Thai and English.

Fireworks add excitement to the candle lighting ceremony at Bali Hai.Fireworks add excitement to the candle lighting ceremony at Bali Hai.

Hundreds of people line the front of the Bali Hai stage to take part in the candle lighting ceremony.Hundreds of people line the front of the Bali Hai stage to take part in the candle lighting ceremony.

Fireworks light up the night sky behind the Pattaya City sign at Bali Hai.Fireworks light up the night sky behind the Pattaya City sign at Bali Hai.

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