HM the King Changes Emerald Buddha’s Attire

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BANGKOK, Nov 13  – His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand on Tuesday presided over a ceremony to change the seasonal attire of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

King Rama X accompanied by Queen Suthida arrived at the temple in the Grand Palace on Tuesday evening to perform the age-old ritual of changing the attire of the Buddha image from the rainy season to the winter cloak.

After the ceremony, the King sprinkled holy water on officials attending the ceremony and people outside the temple hall.

The royal ceremony began during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of the House of Chakri, with only two seasonal costumes; the summer season and the rainy season.  King Rama III ordered another costume made for the winter season.

The Emerald Buddha image in cross-legged sitting posture is considered a palladium of Thailand. (TNA)