Nation makes merit in tribute to late King Bhumibol

People across the country today (Dec 5) make merits to mark the anniversary of the late King Bhumibol's birthday.

Today is also the National Father's Day and the National Day and is a public holiday. The United Nations has declared the today the World's Soil Day to honour the late King who had devoted to soil development and conservation.

At 7am, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a merit-making ceremony at the Royal Plaza where the premier, his cabinet ministers, members of the National Legislative Assembly, government officials, and members of the public offered alms to 901 monks at the Royal Plaza.

At Wat Rajabopidh, the Supreme Patriarch presided over a merit-making ceremony to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol.

A large crowd, most of them donned yellow clothes, turned up at Wat Bovoranives to pay respect to the late King's ashes which have been enshrined at the base of the Buddha image at the temple.

Yellow is the colour of Monday which is the late King's birthday.

The alm-offering ceremony was also held at the provincial hall of each province, followed by various public services such as cleaning of public areas and blood donations.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)