Today Thailand celebrates the 88th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and this day is also recognized as Father’s Day. The streets are lined with twinkling lights, royal flags, and elaborately decorated portraits of the King. He is one of the world’s longest reigning monarchs, and is revered and deeply respected by the Thai people.
The King has a residence in Hua Hin, Klai Kangwon Palace, and our first winter here we were fortunate to be able to take part in the celebrations for his birthday as he was living in Hua Hin at the time. The night before his birthday, many Thais spent the entire night lined up on the sidewalk in front of the palace with hopes of catching a glimpse of the King. Everyone dresses in yellow, the royal colour, and the colour of Monday which is the day of the week the King was born.
In the evening at the Queen’s park, there was a candlelight ceremony, singing of the King’s song, cultural dances, and live music throughout the evening along with some beautiful fireworks.
This year the King will celebrate his birthday in Bangkok but there are celebratory events being held throughout the country.
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel