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Thailand calls you for the Royal Coronation Ceremony of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

The Royal Coronation Ceremony for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a historic event in Thailand, will take place between May 4 and 6. It is an ancient traditional practice, dating back to over a century ago, to celebrate the accession to the throne of the King of Thailand.

“On the fourth of May, a time to celebrate not only by the Thais but from the world, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be officially crowned as King Rama the tenth of the Chakri dynasty, according to traditions governing the monarchy,” said Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand.

The earliest process in the preparation of the Royal Coronation Ceremony is to collect water from different important sources in the Kingdom, which will be combined and blessed to be used for the Purification Ceremony for the Royal Coronation Ceremony.

On Saturday, 6th April 2019, each provincial governor will perform a rite of drawing water from a significant water source of their province and on April 8 and 9, consecration rites for the water will be organized in each province at royal temples. The sacred water from 77 provinces will go through another consecration rite, to be held at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam on April 18, one of Bangkok’s oldest and most important temples. The Prime Minister will preside over this consecration rite. The consecrated water for the Royal Coronation Ceremony will be taken in a procession from Wat Suthat to the ubosot of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on April 19. On April 22 and 23, there will be a eremony to inscribe the full name of the King on Phra Suphannabap, a golden sheet. The King will pay respects to all deities on May 2, 2019. The next day, on May 3, a procession will carry royal items including Phra Suphannabap, the golden sheet with the King’s name inscribed on it, and the royal seal. 133 soldiers will feature in this procession, from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Phaisan Thaksin Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

On 6th May 2019, His Majesty will make an appearance on the Sihabanchon balcony of Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall on the eastern side of the Grand Palace.
Later on the same day, His Majesty will grant an audience to foreign diplomats at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. May 6, 2019 has been declared a special holiday in order for the public to join the celebrations in Bangkok.