BANGKOK, 4 December 2015: Thais will honour His Majesty the King’s 88th birthday, Saturday, 5 December.
The holiday extends to 7 December, providing Thailand residents with a long–weekend to return to their homes or enjoy a family holiday.
Thai people will wear yellow, a symbol of respect as yellow is the colour for Monday, the day HM the King was born.
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will perform a religious ceremony to mark His Majesty’s birthday at the Emerald Buddha Temple at 1700, 5 December.
The 5 December holiday is also designated Father’s Day.
Father’s Day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s as part of a campaign initiated by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda to promote family values.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born, Monday 5 December 1927, in the United States and is the world’s longest reigning monarch. This year is his 88th birthday and 69th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Monday 7 December is a substitution holiday. TTR Weekly joins the nation in celebrating His Majesty the King’s birthday. We will resume our daily online news Tuesday, 8 December.