6,853 monks sought for Royal Funeral

Kingdom Grieves September 05, 2017 15:45

By The Nation

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The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to allow civil servants and state-enterprise employees to receive 15 days’ paid leave for monk ordination from October 16-30 to make merit for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The National Office of Buddhism made the proposal for civil servants to attend its project to have 89 men per province – or a total of 6,853 men nationwide – to be ordained as monks during the period.

Meanwhile, public members from all corners of Thailand on Tuesday are continuing to visit the Grand Palace’s Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall to pay respects before the Royal Urn of the late King. The people feel deep gratitude to the late King for his dedication to them throughout his 70-year reign.

The beloved monarch passed away on October 13 last year and the Royal Cremation is scheduled for October 25-29.

At district offices across the country, people continue to register for voluntary work related to the Royal Funeral, such as accepting flowers or serving in a public relations capacity.

Registration, which requires applicants to present their national identification cards, is open until September 30.

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