Chonburi Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit led the province’s Chakri Day celebration, honoring the founding of the current royal dynasty.
The April 6 ceremony at the Chonburi district office marks the founding of the dynasty in 1782 with the ascension of Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulalok, or King Rama I the Great, to the Thai throne. Gov. Senee lit candles and incense and made offerings of flowers in front of King Buddha Yodfa Chulalok’s image.
Chakri Day was first instituted by HM King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1919 to commemorate all the Kings in the Chakri Dynasty, which started with Rama I and continues to this day with Rama IX, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.
Gov. Wichit marks Chakri Day 2011 by lighting candles and incense and making offerings of flowers in front of King Buddha Yodfa Chulalok’s image.
The reigning Kings in the House of Chakri brought peace and tranquility to the people within Thailand’s borders and successfully protected the Kingdom, maintaining sovereignty and integrity through crucial periods threatened by European colonization and two World Wars.
In commemorating Chakri Day, the national flag is proudly displayed by the people of Thailand and both government officials and members of the community participate in traditional ceremonies, making offerings of flowers and garlands at the many statues of Kings in the House of Chakri.