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Activities to mark HM's birthday

People can now leave their birthday wishes for His Majesty the King and light candles in his honour at

The online service for the much-beloved monarch are included in the Culture Ministry's website, as the ministry joins the rest of the nation in celebrating His Majesty's 86th birthday.

-Many foreign envoys, senior officials from the Culture Ministry and Asian artists joined a candle-lighting ceremony at the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok in honour of the revered Thai monarch last night.

The gathering was part of the "Asean in Praise of the Supreme Artist" series of events that are being held at various venues until Sunday. His Majesty's talents many fields of art, such as music, are widely recognised.

- The Religious Affairs Department yesterday organised morning alms, prayers, exhibitions and community-service activities at all 309 royal monasteries to mark His Majesty's birthday.

At one of the monasteries in Maha Sarakham province, more than 500 students swept the ground and cleaned the windows of the temple buildings.

- In collaboration with the Support Foundation of Her Majesty the Queen, the Fine Arts and Cultural Promotion departments are staging a gala Khon performance in honour of His Majesty.

The Royal Khon Performance: Episode of Mokasak (The Magical Spear) will run from tomorrow to Monday at the Thailand Cultural Centre.

- Fishmongers and stall operators at a new fishermen's wharf in Songkhla town yesterday turned the whole place into a venue for merit-making activities in honour of His Majesty the King.

Instead of selling fish, they gave morning alms.

- In Nakhon Si Thammarat, government officials and local people gave alms to 100 monks at Si Thamma Sokaraj Park in dedication to the King.

They also released 9,999 fish, oxen and water buffaloes. In another southern province, Yala, people donated blood at the Red Cross Society to make merit in memory of His Majesty.

- In Angthong, more than 500 people and government officials attended the alms-giving ceremony at Provincial Hall yesterday morning to make merit as a tribute to His Majesty.

They also released 1 million aquatic creatures into the Chao Phraya River.

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