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Thailand - The Royal Family News about visits of Thai royals overseas and around the provinces including his Royal Majesty King Rama IX Bhumiphol Adulyadej. Various ceremonies to be attended, court news, and forthcoming events involving the royal family. Please be aware of the very strict LM laws that are applicable in Thailand before posting, and that posts will be moderated.

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Coronation Day

CORONATION DAY

Translated by Mr. Thanapol(Lamduan) Chadchaidee and Dr. Stephen Conlon

Significance

The Dictionary of the Royal Institute (1982) gives the definition of “Chattramongkol” as a royal ceremony performed to celebrate the White Umbrella of State. The ceremony takes place on the Coronation Day of the ruling Thai king.

Background

The Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej took place on 5 May, 1950. His Majesty is the ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty. On 5 May of every year, the Thai people rejoice in expressing their affection and loyalty to His Majesty by organising a celebration on Coronation Day.

Before the reign of King Rama IV (King Mongkut), there was no custom to mark Coronation Day. There was only a private ceremony held by high ranking officials to celebrate their Royal Regalia and positions in the 6th lunar month. Coronation Day was celebrated for the first time when King Rama IV, or King Mongkut was crowned on 6 April 1851. King Rama IV thought that the Coronation was an auspicious occasion. Several other countries with monarchs as the head of state regard the Coronation Day as an important occasion to organise a ceremony in honour of their king. Thus , King Rama IV issued a royal announcement to organise a ceremony on his Coronation Day. However, the king thought that it would be difficult to explain the meaning of Coronation Day to his subjects in detail. He thus called this day a “Ceremony to Commemorate the Royal Regalia”. The ceremony is quite similar to that of coronation Day. On the 13th day of the full moon in the 6th lunar month, Buddhist monks were invited to perform a blessing ceremony. On the following day, monks were again invited to have a meal at Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

During the reign of the present king, the ceremony is performed over three days. The first day falls on 3 May, on which His Majesty the King performs a merit-making ceremony at Amarindra Throne Hall in dedication of the deceased kings. Buddhist monks chant, deliver sermons, and perform a requiem ceremony to commemorate the royal relics of the deceased kings. On 4 May, the ceremony begins with a declaration to open the Coronation Day read by the Chief of the Brahmin priests. This is followed by evening prayers performed by Buddhist monks. On 5 May, Buddhist monks receive food offerings to the celebration of the Royal Regalia. The Armed Foresees and the Navy fire a 21-gun salute in honour of His Majesty the King. On this day, His Majesty also presents royal decorations to people who have made valuable contributions to the country.


Cultural activities on Coronation Day

1. Organising seminars or academic discussions to mark Coronation Day.
2. Luanching campaigns and spreading information concerning the Coronation
Ceremony.
3. Hoisting the national flag at government offices and homes.
4. Other appropriate activities.
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Coronation Day : 5th May

Coronation Day Will be Celebrated in Grandeur
Wanrapa Boonsu
01.05.2011



The Pattaya Times congratulates His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of the celebration on May 5th as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned as Rama IX, the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty, on 5th May 1950. In the present reign, Coronation Day is observed by a series of religious rites lasting for three days.

On the first day, the 3rd of May, there is a Buddhist ceremony at Amarindra Vinichai Hall in the Grand Palace dedicated to the ancestors of the Chakri House, in which scriptures are chanted and a sermon is delivered by a high monk.

On the second day, the ceremony consists of two parts - a Brahmanic one and a Buddhist one.

The third day is Coronation Day. A feast is given to Buddhist monks and the king is dressed in full regalia. At noon, the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy each fire a salute of 21 guns. Later this day decorations are bestowed on officials and civilians who have done meritorious services to the state and society.

Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul has ordered provincial governors nationwide to organize grand celebrations in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej upon the Coronation Day on May 5.

Speaking in a video conference on Wednesday, April 25, the minister elaborated that HM the King has been upholding the Dasavidha-Rajadhamma, or the Tenfold Code of Moralities of the Ruler, with his wisdom and abilities throughout more than 60 years on the throne.

Mr Chavarat hence gave a guideline to all provincial governors that the celebrative events must be held in grandeur with the inclusion of parades by the monarchy protection volunteers in every province.

The minister also announced that he would attend the events in the central provinces of Pathumthani and Samut Prakan.

Mr Chavarat then asked government officials, monarchy protection volunteers and all Thai people to attend the event to express their readiness to protect, respect and safeguard the royal family.

May 5th is the annual celebration of the much loved King Rama IX becoming officially crowned King of Thailand in 1949. He is the longest ruling monarch on Earth and has achieved remarkable success in instilling community development programs which has benefited the people of Thailand, and elsewhere, enormously. He is loved by the people of the nation and has the utmost respect from everyone in Thailand. The celebration of his crowning is a much revered and important point in the Thai calendar.

His work is not limited to Thailand but has implications for people in need all over the globe. In May 2006, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, presented the United Nations’ first and only Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to the King for his magnificent charitable and inspiring work.

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