October 26, the day of cremation, will also be a national holiday to allow members of the public to take part in the important event.
King Rama IX passed away on October 13 last year, plunging Thailand into deep mourning. A large number of Thais continue to wear black and white today to grieve over his passing.
Throughout his seven-decade reign, King Rama IX worked tirelessly to improve the well-being of his people. In return, he won much love and reverence from his subjects.
Assistant Government Spokesman Colonel Atisit Chaiyanuwat announced Tuesday that HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X) had approved the schedule.
Last Friday, King Rama X also approved the Office of the Prime Minister’s decision to declare his birthday, July 28, and the day of his father’s passing, October 13, as important days in Thailand.
King Rama X ordered that royal ceremonies be held in remembrance of his father on October 13 every year, the same way royal ceremonies are held in commemoration of his great grandfather, King Rama V.