Temples, hospitals and government officials across the East marked 15 days since the passing of HM the King with solemn “banrasamawan” ceremonies.
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.
At the Nongprue municipal office, Mayor Mai Chaiyanit led civil servants and residents in signing the sub-district’s condolences book.
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.
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.