King Bhumibol's royal cremation to run for five days

King Bhumibol's royal cremation to run for five days
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 89 on October 13.

The royal cremetion ceremonies for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej later this year will run for five days.

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Although the dates have not yet been finalised, the committee organising the royal cremation ceremonies has already come up with a draft schedule for the important occasion.

Photo: The Nation/Asia News Network

The late king ruled Thailand for seven decades from 1946 to 2016. Throughout his reign, he was dedicated to his people and widely loved and revered throughout society.

Every day in recent months, people have flocked to the Grand Palace to pay respects before his body.

The draft schedule of the royal cremation ceremonies was released this week, after HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended a meeting of the committee on Wednesday evening.

The five-day schedule includes a royal merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace on the first day.

On the second day, the royal cremation will take place at the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.

The royal remains will be collected on the third day.

Another royal merit-making ceremony will be held on the fourth day to bless the remains, which will occur at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

On the fifth day, food will be served to monks at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before the Royal Urn is brought to the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

Six grand processions are planned for the ceremonies.

During the five days, there will also be performances and exhibitions in honour of the late king.

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