By Andre Lamberz
On March 8th the Government Spokesman, Lt General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, announced plans to hold the royal cremation ceremonies for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in late October. The esteemed late monarch passed away on October 13 last year. His successor is his only son, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
In his statement Sansern Kaewkamnerd dismissed previously released press reports as groundless. According to those the body responsible for the funeral under the direction of Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, set the date for December 25th to 29th 2017. However, the date had to be confirmed by the new King, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
For the first day, Buddhist ceremonies (thambun) are held in the Throne Hall Dusit Maha Prasat, where the coffin of the late King is laid out. On the following day, the coffin for cremation is taken to the Royal Crematorium on Sanam Luang Square. Other Buddhist ceremonies determine days three and five.
For those familiar with the adoration for the late King, it is obvious the Kingdom will experience a state of deep felt grief and sincere mourning.
Any activities like Christmas celebrations, and parties by foreign tourists during the royal cremation, would have been a serious affront to the feelings of the Thai population. Hence, the decision by the new King to set the date in late October was a wise one.
The Caspian Times will report about the cremation ceremonies in a special editorial.
Andre Lamberz is the Bureau Chief of The Caspian Times based in Thailand.