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Cremation of Thailand's late king to be held on October 26

4 Illustrations for royal cremation ceremony to be completed by August 1 Cabinet: Royal cremation set for Oct 26 | Bangkok Post: news
Eleena Tovar | 25 Abril, 2017, 19:01

Thailand will hold the cremation for its late king Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26, the government announced Tuesday (Apr 25), a ceremony that will be held at a vast funeral complex now being built outside his palace.

Following merit-making rituals on October 25, the cremation itself will take place on October 26, which will be declared a public holiday.

Sansern Kaewkumnerd told reporters that Buddhist funeral rites will be held from October 25-29.

A huge cremation complex is being constructed on a parade ground specially reserved for royal funerals outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

A public holiday will be declared that day.

Cremations for senior Thai royals are huge and costly affairs but few subjects alive today will ever have witnessed one.

Thailand's military government has allocated 1 billion baht ($28.6 million) for the funeral of Bhumibol, who died on October 13 previous year at age 88 after seven decades on the throne.

While he had been ill for years, his passing still left many Thais bereft.

The complex, which will include towering pavilions and hundreds of statues of gods and mythical beasts, represents Mount Meru - the allegorical centre of the universe in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cosmology where Thais believe Bhumibol's spirit will return.

Assistant Government Spokesman Colonel Atisit Chaiyanuwat announced Tuesday that HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X) had approved the schedule.

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