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King shares wisdom and art for birthday prayer ritual


HIS MAJESTY King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s paintings adorn the cover of a prayer booklet that will be handed out to participants at a ritual at the Royal Plaza tomorrow.

The ritual will start at 5pm to mark the King’s birthday. He will turn 65 on Friday. 
During the rite, the participants will also pray for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The current monarch has had a prayer booklet printed for participants. Copies can also be downloaded at www.prd.go.th.
On its cover are paintings depicting smiling characters, some looking up at a photograph of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit. 
The cover also contains a message from the current monarch. 
It starts with, “Happiness starts from one’s own heart and good attitudes towards others, oneself and the public” and ends with, “Praying and Dhamma practice bring peace, consciousness and wisdom. They are wholesome and auspicious to all and shall bring prosperity and happiness.”
In honour of the King, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered that a documentary paying tribute to the royal be broadcast for Thais across the country. 
Today, Bangkok Governor Pol-General Aswin Kwanmuang will preside over the official launch of a “Youths Doing Good” campaign. Under the campaign, some 500 students from various institutes joined forces with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration officials and workers to mend and clean the temple fence and footpath in downtown Bangkok for His Majesty the King’s merits.
Meanwhile, Students of Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok’s Uthenthawai Campus in Bangkok, cleaned, repaired and repainted the 73-panel fence at Wat Pathum Wanaram yesterday as merit-making for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Published : July 25, 2017

By : THE NATION