Provinces kick off events to honor the King on his upcoming birthday

Thursday, 05 December 2013 By  NNT

BANGKOK, 4 December 2013 Nationwide provincial authorities have started various kinds of events on Thursday to honor His Majesty the King on his upcoming birthday. 

The much-revered King Bhumibhol Adulyadej will turn 86 on Thursday and the whole nation will celebrate the auspicious occasion for the monarch, who has long been dubbed the Father of Thais.

The provinces of Ayuthaya, lopburi, Nakorn Nayok, Singburi have held the similar ceremony, releasing one million fish into rivers on Wednesday morning.

As releasing fish into the natural habitat is considered by local Buddhists as great merit making, the event is meant for those residents to express their well wishes to His Majesty the King.

Moreover, the event is also aimed to express the people's gratefulness to the King, who started breeding Nile Tilapia in his palace and then gave the fish out to the Fisheries Department in order to breed more and give them out to Thai farmers for free.

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