The nation yesterday observed the 235 year anniversary of the Rattanakosin Era with celebrations and religious ceremonies in remembrance of the sacrifices of the kings of the Chakri dynasty in preserving and ensuring the sovereignty of the Thai kingdom.
The event was observed with sermon ceremonies by all the five religions in the country, namely Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hindu-Brahmin and Sikhism.
This very important ceremony not only highlights the tolerance of different beliefs in the country but also a recognition of the monarchs of the Chakri dynasty's benign generosity in ensuring that people of numerous religious beliefs are allowed to live in harmony and prosper in the Thai kingdom.
235 years ago on April 21, His Majesty Rama I established Bangkok as the capital of the kingdom. He also planted the first Bangkok City Pillar Shrine and built the Grand Palace as well as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as the first official buildings in the capital.
In Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan officially presided over a religious ceremony at the auspicious time of 8.09 am in front of the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine to mark the 235th anniversary, the Nation reported.
Phra Phrom Manggala Charn, the deputy abbot of Wat Trimitr led the chanting and accorded a Buddhist blessing on the ceremony.
Meanwhile at Larn Khon Mueng in front of the headoffice of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn presided over the ceremony to offer alms to 236 Buddhist monks in recognition of the 235 years of the Rattanakosin Era.
The ceremony was also to offer blessing to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as well as a divine reverence to all the kings in the Chakri Dynasty.
In his offering of blessing to the late beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, he praise His Majesty for all of his tireless work on behalf of the Thai people.
He said the whole nation felt blessed and fortunate to have been born under 235 years of the Chakri Dynasty and has been able to make a good living and grown under all the great kings in the Rattanakosin Era.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)