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14 November 2008 :: 15:11:38 pm 40583

Thais to Bid Farewell to Late Princess

BANGKOK, Nov 12 - Mourners across the nation are prepared to bid the final farewell to Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana as the royal cremation ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday.
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The late princess, the elder sister of King Bhumibol Adulaydej, passed away on January 2 this year at the age of 84 after a long battle with abdominal cancer.

Thai people wear black to show their respect to the late princess on Friday on the first day of the three-day official mourning period while the artists, artisans and workers are doing the finishing touch to the royal crematorium and its surrounding at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.

People in black travelled to Sanam Luang to take photographs of the royal crematorium before the royal cremation ceremony begins on Saturday. Many stalls are selling the photos of the late princess and commemorative postal stamps there.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration moved more plants for beautifying the landscape while Thai patterned flowers, mobiles, garlands and carved fresh banana stalks decorate the royal crematorium as the finishing touch for the full splendid.

Meanwhile, local authorities in the provinces are also arranging religious ceremonies to coincide with the royal cremation ceremony. The public is flocking to buy photos of the late princess for worship at home.

During three days of national mourning from November 14-16, national flags will fly at half mast.

The six-day royal cremation ceremony is scheduled between November 14- 19.

On Saturday, when the royal cremation will take place, the urn of the late princess will be carried by the royal chariot from the Grand Palace to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang. His Majesty the King will preside overthe ceremony at 4.30 pm.

The public can receive Dok Mai Jan or sandalwood flowers used in the royal cremation ceremony at eight locations offered at the ceremonial ground from 12.30 am. to 9 pm. People in other provinces can participate in the ceremonies held at designated temples in their provinces.

According to the ancient customs, entertainment will be held after the royal funenal ceremony to mark the end of the mourning, Thai entertainment programmes will be run on three stages at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground on Saturday from 7 pm continuously to 6 am the next day.

Among the highlights, includes Khon ? Thai classical masked drama, which will be performed by about 1,000 crews. As the late princess was the key patroness of Thai arts and culture, some of the performer groups, like Nattayasala traditional Thai puppet theater troupe had close tie with her.

A royal merit-making ceremony for the ashes will take place at the Grand Palace from Nov 16 ? 18 and the ashes will be placed at the royal temple, Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram on November 19. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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