Daily Archives: December 2, 2005

Trooping of the Colours

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej , standing, reviews the honor guard in Bangkok Friday, Dec. 2, 2005. King Bhumibol will turn 78 on Dec. 5 as Thailand also celebrate the 59th anniversary of his coronation. Sitting in front of the king is Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai soldiers perform at a parade as part of celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok December 2, 2005. King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch, turns 78 on December 5. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

King’s Birthday Celebrations

At schools all around the country, Thai students took part in special ceremonies to mark the King’s Birthday which is on Monday. The pictures illustrated here were taken this morning at Sriwittayapaknam School. The celebrations were marked with traditional Thai dances and songs honouring the King. The fathers of some students also came to the school so that the students could  prostrate at their feet. The King is regarded as father to all Thai people, so his birthday is also known as National Father’s Day. In the picture below, the students are showing their love for their father. Notice the yellow flags and flowers in these pictures. The colour for the king is “yellow”. On the Queen’s birthday, blue flags are flown. Each day of the week has its own colour. If you know the correct colour for each day then you should be able to work out which day of the week the king was born.