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15 November 2008 :: 19:11:38 pm 40564

Hm King Bhumibol Presides at Royal Cremation of Sister, Princess Galyani Vadhana

BANGKOK, Nov 15 - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulydej on Saturday presided over the royal cremationof Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, his elder sister, at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground near the Grand Palace. Princess Galyani passed away on January 2 this year at the age of 84 after a long battle with abdominal cancer.
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The King arrived the spectacular temporary crematorium around 5 pm with Queen Sirikit and royal families.

Tens of thousands of Thais clad in black, or black and white gathered around Sanam Luang to pay their last respects to the Princess at a lavish funeral ceremony. Their Majesties the King and Queen placed sandalwood bunches at the royal crematorium and then conduct a ceremonial royal fire placement.

There will be eight spots in Sanam Luang where mourners can place their sandalwood bunches to be burned.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has prepared 500,000 paper flowers for mourners wishing to bid their final farewell to the Princess.

At 9 pm, their Majesties the King and Queen would place the royal fire in the royal crematorium.

About 3,000 people, comprising members of the Royal Family, the Cabinet, Parliament, Senate, and the diplomatic corps, as well as senior officials and representatives of the private sector, attended this rare historic event at Sanam Luang. In Buddhist temples in Bangkok and around the country, loyal Thais will perform religious rites and burn sandalwood flowers in her honour simultaneously.

The ceremony to collect the relics will take place Sunday at 8 am. The royal urn containing royal relics will be enshrined at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, while the royal ashes will be enshrined at Phra Si Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. On Monday (November 17) at 4.30 pm, a merit-making ceremony to pay homage to the royal relics will be held at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

The following morning, Tuesday (November 18) at 10.30 am, a merit-making ceremony will take place at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before the royal urn containing the royal relics will be moved to be enshrined at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, also in the Grand Palace compound.

On Wednesday (November 19) the royal ashes will be moved to be enshrined at Rangsi Vadhana Memorial, at nearby Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram.

In accordance with royal traditions, several Thai performances will be staged, after the royal urn is moved to the crematorium site, during the cremation ceremony.

There will be three stages in the area, with two stages hosting traditional performances such as shadow plays, masked dramas or Khon puppet shows, and traditional drama. Another stage will host musical performances from various orchestral groups.

The show began at 7 pm Saturday and was to continue until 9.30 pm. After a hiatus to begin the actual the cremation, the performances resumed from 11 pm into Sunday’s early morning hours (November 16). (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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