The death of King Bhumibol, a major event in Thailand, was a monarch worshiped during his 70-year reign, which gave rise to a one-year period of mourning that ended after the cremation ceremonies from October 25 to 29, 2017. These funerals were held at the height of the Thai people’s love for him and each day of this ceremony was very special. We’ll look back in more detail on these five days.
The Different Days of the Procession
- Wednesday, October 25th: The first stage of the funeral. At 5.30 pm, a Royal Rite Ceremony took place in the Grand Palace to prepare for the transfer of the royal urn to the crematorium of Sanam Luang.
- Thursday, October 26th: The most important day of the procession. It was during this day that the funerary urn was moved from the Grand Palace to the Royal Crematorium. This transport lasted from 9am to 2pm. During this journey of 3 kilometers, the Thais gathered for the occasion were able to pay a last tribute to their king along the funeral convoy. The royal cremation ceremony took place from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Symbolically, it’s the new king Rama X who initiated the cremation of his late father.
- Saturday, October 28th: A tribute ceremony was held in honor of the royal relics at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before their transport the next day.
- Sunday, October 29th: Last day of the procession. At 10:30 am, the royal relics were transported from the Grand Palace to the Celestial House of Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The royal ashes were kept in two different temples: Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives.
Mourning During October
Throughout the month of October, commercials that were broadcast on BTS screens were replaced by tributes to the king. In addition, the somber atmosphere was supported by the cancellation of the Full Moon Party in October and the request made to the bars to broadcast mainly jazz (the favorite music of King Bhumibol) at a reduced volume. Also, most Thai people were dressed in black during this month.
The day of October 26th is now a holiday in Thailand, so that the Thais can go that day to pay tribute to the late king.
If you wish to consult our article dedicated to the cremation ceremony, click here.