Sunday, June 11, 2006

Thailand -- Royal Barge Procession

I reckon this will be fantastic to watch. I just wish I were in Bangkok to be able to go watch. As it is I will be able to watch it on Thai TV... not quite the same but better than nothing at all.

The celebrations thus far have been very exciting for everyone.

MCOT : TNA English News: Royal Barge Procession to highlight Monday celebrations

Commemorative celebrations marking His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60-year reign will enter the fourth day Monday with a spectacular Royal Barge Procession as the highlight.

To be held from 7.30pm until about midnight on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, the procession will comprise 52 barges including the four Royal Barges--Subanahongsa, Anantanagaraj, Anekajatbhujonga, and Narayana Song Suban--manned by 2,082 Royal Thai Navy crew.

Lyrics composed in honour of HM the King will be sung as rhythmic music for the procession.

The event will be the first occasion in which HM the King and other members of the Thai Royal family view a full-scale royal barge procession in lieu of traveling on and being observed by the world's monarchs, royal consorts and representatives, as well as other dignitaries.

Ceremonies of paying tribute to the King have been held across the kingdom since June 9, the exact day when the King acceded the throne 60 years ago. The Royal Thai Government announced three public holidays nationwide and five public holidays in Bangkok and its vicinity, starting last Friday so as to facilitate the Royal guests and dignitaries' travels and public participation in the celebrations.

King Bhumibol, the world's longest reigning monarch, is the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty and ascended the throne on June 9, 1946. Hundreds of thousand yellow-clad Thais, as well as foreign well-wishers, packed the Royal Plaza last Friday to greet the beloved monarch who appeared on the balcony of the Throne Hall in Bangkok to grant them an audience, officially marking the first day of the grand celebrations.

As for Monday's event, security has been tightened for overseas nobility at the Royal Barge Procession with more than 1,700 naval officers and some 500 others from the Royal Thai Police and the Marine Department to stand guard. (TNA)-E009

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