Three major events were held on December 5, 2016 to mark His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth; the first took place at Royal Park Rajapruek at 7 a.m. where the Governor was joined by many officials and officers, visitors and members of the public in an offerings ceremony to present food to 199 monks.
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart then chaired a banana tree planting ceremony in honor of King Rama IX at 9:30 a.m. at Huay Tung Tao reservoir in Mae Rim. The tree planting ceremony was organized by Paradorn Homyam, Deputy Director of the Botanical Garden Organization and attended by the Deputy Chief Justice, President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart and officials. Ten different species of banana were planted for a total of 389 trees over 3 rai. The banana trees were planted to help retain soil and moisture and create a more balanced eco-system.
The final event took place at 700 Year Stadium in the evening where thousands of Chiang Mai residents turned out to honor His Majesty King Rama IX and mourn his passing. Everyone wore traditional Lanna dress in black and white, traditional dance performances were held and everyone joined in together to sing the royal anthem.