The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is staging a special event to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5 December, 2016, from 05.00-08.00 Hrs.
The event will take place at the Bhumibol 1 Bridge, which was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve transportation in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people. The project was also aimed at easing flooding in the city as it incorporates the Lad Pho canal.
Highlight activities at the event will celebrate His Majesty’s life and reign. They include a ceremony to offer essential items to 999 monks in tribute to King Bhumibol. There will then be an 89-second silence, to mark the King’s life and reign. Participants will then join in a mass singing of the Thai Royal Anthem and the song Kwam Fan An Soong Sood (The Impossible Dream) which was composed by His Majesty.
Everyone will then be invited to write an oath to live a good life, according the the King’s example. This will be followed by a mass release of balloons into the skies above the city.
People attending this event will be given a special memorial pin shaped with the Thai numeral for 9, as a mark of the occasion. In addition, 19,999 bags of “royal soil” will be given out.
This “Royal Soil” has been taken from the King’s Royal Projects and agricultural stations that he established during his reign. His Majesty knew the importance of soil to his people and made many scientific studies of it in his life to find ways to improve the growth of crops. Indeed, in recognition of his work, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation recently named 5 December as World Soil Day, in honour of His Majesty. On 30 November, a soil mixing ceremony, using soil from all 77 of Thailand’s provinces took place at the Klong Lad Pho floodgate as a special tribute to the Late King.
Everyone who attends this event on 5 December at the Bhumibol 1 Bridge will be able to take home a special postcard that records their oath and gives them information about the “70 Routes in His Majesty’s Footsteps” initiative which encourages people to travel around the country and see the great work that was done by His Majesty to improve the lives of his people.