Thais welcome New Year

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Thai Buddhists across the country happily welcomed the New Year with thousands, tens of thousands in some provinces, join the ceremony to offer food to monks this morning.

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Thousands showed up in Muang district in Khon Kaen to give food to 509 monks and novices.

More than 5,000 joined the merit making in Muang Nakhon Ratchasima.

More than 10,000 gave food to 109 monks in Surat Thani, to mark the auspicious New Year.

Source: The Nation

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We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year

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We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year
Wij wensen u allen een gelukkig en gezond Nieuwjaar
Wir wünschen Ihnen allen ein frohes und gesundes neues Jahr
Kami berharap Anda semua Happy dan Sehat Tahun Baru
Nais ka naming isang Happy at Healthy New Year lahat
Nous vous souhaitons à tous une bonne et heureuse année
Kami mengucapkan selamat Tahun Baru dan Sihat
เราหวังว่าทุกท่านสวัสดีปีใหม่และมีสุขภาพดี (Sawadee Pi Mai)
Мы желаем вам всем счастливого и здорового Нового года
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Thailand – A Sea of yellow and blue as 600,000 take part in ‘Bike for Dad’ in honour of King.

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AS A tribute to the country’s much-revered monarch, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday led more than 600,000 people in joining the nationwide “Bike for Dad” event.

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The event saw large cycling parades take place not just across Thailand but also abroad, as people came together to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th birthday.

The number of pre-registered participants stood at 607,909, but the actual turnout was very likely higher.

The Crown Prince headed off from the starting point at the Royal Plaza at around 3.40pm, and finished the 29-kilometre stretch at 6.20pm.

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Also in the same parade were his two daughters, HRH Princess Bajra Kitiyabha and HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.

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The royals wore yellow-and-blue T-shirts, just like all the other participants, including ambassadors of 24 nations and Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha.

Yellow is the colour associated with the King’s birthday, while blue is associated with the Queen’s birthday.

Many major roads in Bangkok were closed to facilitate the parade. As cyclists enthusiastically joined the event to show their loyalty to their much-beloved King, other people turned out along the roads to cheer them on, and shouted out “Long live the royals.”

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Although yesterday was not a national holiday, participation in the event was overwhelming.

The cycle route in Bangkok stretched from the Royal Plaza to Rajdamnoen Avenue, via Si Ayutthaya Road, Rajprarop Road, Rajdamri Road, Rama I Road, Phya Thai Road, Rama IX Road, Silom Road, Charoenkrung Road, Yaowaraj Road, Chakrawat Road, Prajadhipok Road, Arun-Amarin Road and Rama VIII Bridge before concluding at Royal Plaza.

As His Majesty commands overwhelming love and respect from his people, the event generated immense interest across the Kingdom.

A huge number of people turned up at a public park in the northern province of Uttaradit to join the cycling parade in honour of the King in their home town.

There were not enough “Bike for Dad” T-shirts for participating cyclists.

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In the South, loyal subjects joined forces in doing stunts ahead of the “Bike for Dad” event in their cities.

Surat Thani Governor Wongsiri Phromchana led many cyclists at City Hall in forming the shape of a yellow heart with a Thai number 9 in the middle. His Majesty is also widely known as King Rama IX.

In Trang, some 5,000 cyclists formed the shape of “88 Dad Trang” at the province’s City Hall to pay tribute to their beloved monarch.

In another southern province, Yala, a total of 2,000 cyclists formed the words “Yala loves the King” at Sataranasanamchangpuak Park in Muang district before the “Bike for Dad” rally kicked off.

In the northeastern province of Buri Ram, a 65-year-old retiree showed up at the starting point of the local event at 7am because she was so keen to express her loyalty to the King.

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“By participating in the event, Thais show their love for the King,” Utai Muenphra said.

The Crown Prince initiated the “Bike for Dad” cycling event, after the big success of the “Bike for Mom” event in August.

“Bike for Mom” has gone down in “Guinness World Records” as the world’s largest-ever bicycle parade.

“Bike for Dad” is also very special, because it involves cycling parades not just in Thailand, but also in 66 overseas cities such as Paris, Vienna, Penang and Taipei.

Source: The Nation

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Nation honours King who turns 88

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COMMANDING overwhelming love and respect from his people, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej turns 88 years of age today. His birthday, as always, is a cause for celebrations across Thailand.

Alms-giving, merit-making and prayer ceremonies will be held in all provinces today as Thais dedicate good deeds in honour of their beloved monarch. Many, have joined various good activities held to mark the King’s birthday since yesterday.

In Surat Thani province, 89 tuk-tuk drivers together with a cooperative and a firm offered free rides to passengers from 9.30am to 6pm yesterday under a “Do Good Deeds for Our Dad” initiative. His Majesty is the unifying paternal figure of the nation.

In Phichit province, a number of police and local people turned up at the provincial police headquarters to donate blood in another good project for the King.

More than 300 teachers, parents and students in Yala province rode bicycles from their school to an elderly home to provide free food there.

In Krabi province, local leaders joined hands with local students, entrepreneurs and the Trash Hero Ao Nang group in cleaning the Nopparat Thara beach in dedication to His Majesty.

With his moral authority, the much-revered monarch has been a great inspiration for his people in doing good things.

Shirayu Mekseriwatana, a self-employed woman, said: “His Majesty the King is always my inspiration, particularly when I feel lazy and have wasted my time doing nothing. The King did many useful things in one day; I told myself that I also have 24 hours like him, why I let my time pass without doing anything.”

Sanong Bamrungrad, a retired primary-school teacher, said the King had been an example of virtue and values.

Rungroj Phothong, the chief of Mae Sariang Prison in Mae Hong Son province, said, separately, that his agency organised religious practice yesterday to mark His Majesty’s birthday. All 420 inmates listened to religious summons based on Buddhist, Christian and Islamic beliefs.

Source: The Nation

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