Thai people nationwide continue to hold mourning activities to show their love and respect to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on October 13.
From the country’s hilltribe people in the North to the Thai Muslim communities in the deep South, various activities were held to remember the King.
In Chiang Mai’s hill villages, thousands of ethnic Hmong from 54 villages gathered and lined up to form the Thai symbol for the number nine, in honour of late King.
They staged a traditional thank you ceremony to show their loyalty and jointly sang a song dedicated to the King.
The song, Hmong’s tears for King Rama 9 tells the loyalty the Hmong hilltribe people have for the Royal Father and their feeling on the loss of the Father..
Composer of the song Teerat Santiya, a Thai ethnic Hmong, recalled his gratitude and feeling after hearing the passing of the Royal Father or Por Luang.
When I heard the news that he has passed away, my heart was broken, my tears were rolling. The King was so kind with the hilltribe people and help us to help these days. I couldn’t explain how much he has helped us, but it was so enormous to describe. I cried tears of blood in grief .
Meanwhile more than 200 hilltribe people from three northern provinces comprising Phitsanulok, Tak, and Sukhothai arrived at Bangkok Railway Station this morning on their long travel by train to pay last respect to their beloved Por Luang.
They included Karen, Hmong, Lisor, Muser, and Akka tribes
They were seen off last night by the governor of Phitsanulok Suppachai Iamsuwan, and local government authorities.
They were part of the 999 hilltribe people from nine tribes who are on their way from the northern provinces to travel by train to Bangkok this week.
At the same time, eight ethnic Hmong women have taken some six hours to walk from their Hmong Doi Pui village to the Chiang Mai Provincial Hall to pay respect to the late King Bhumibol.
They all said that although they have to walk for more than 30 kilometres, they did not feel tired as they come with strong determination to pay respect to the late King.
In Yala province, more than 2,500 students of Yala Rajabhat University gathered last night at the university’s compound amid rains to form the Thai number 9 in the show of respect and loyalty to the King.
In the northeastern Kalasin province, the governor also led more than 3,000 people, who gathered by using social media, to show their loyalty to the late King, singing Royal Anthem at a cultural centre at Kham Muang district, the place where HM late King has visited his subjects and help successfully develop the careers for the residents.
In neighbouring Sakhon Nakhon province, artists from Phupan district also jointly painted the picture of HM the King on various activities.
The paintings would be shown at Ming Muang Field as many activities were scheduled to be held on November 11 to honour the late King who had visited Sakon Nakhon for 109 times in the past several years.
Meanwhile residents of Udon Thani’s Phiboon Mangsahan district also prepared to build a pavilion similar to the pavilion constructed for HM late King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit when they visited the district 61 years ago.
The new teakwood pavilion would be built on the same location to replace the damaged pavilion.
Their Majesties have visited the district on November 17,1955.
In the southern province of Trang, mahouts brought five elephants Plai Pepoo, Plai Carabao, Plai Erawan, Plai Nga Deaw and Pang Boonma, aged between 14-45 years old from Huay Yod district to jointly pay respect to the late King in front of his picture
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)