3 million funeral wood flowers for King Bhumibol's cremation

3 million funeral wood flowers for King Bhumibol's cremation
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Three million funeral wood flowers will be given to public mourners before the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej's royal cremation, according to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang.

The artificial flowers will be made into 36 patterns - such as roses, orchids, water lilies, cape jasmines, daffodils, zinnias and champaks - from focal natural materials like dried banana leaves and trunks and dried water hyacinths, Aswin said on Monday.

They will be made and provided at 101 booths across Bangkok.

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Flower makers will include people from BMA schools, vocational schools and companies.

Their models will also be given to those wishing to craft the flowers themselves.

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According to Thai tradition, wood flowers are placed in front of a deceased person's coffin or urn as a last tribute before cremation.

The BMA's Social Development Department is receiving raw material donations for the flower-making process.

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