Year-end night mass prayer and candle lighting for the beloved King scheduled

The government is now prepared what it called "Candle Light of Siam" on the year-end night of December 31 with mass prayer across the country to dedicate to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The significant event features no entertainment activities or fireworks but mainly religious related activities in remembrance and tribute to the late King.

Deputy prime minister Gen Tanasak Patimaprakorn said the main objective of the year-end event was to maintain the country's three pillars � the nation, the religion, and the monarch.

On the night of December 31, mass prayer will be held at three places, Sanam Luang ceremonial ground, 31,000 temples in Bangkok and provinces and at general public places.

General Tanasak said the activities will start at 9.00 pm, beginning with an 89-second silence to pay respect to the beloved King.

At 11.45-11.50 pm, mass prayer will then start to send off or say good bye to 2016.

Afterwards at midnight, New Year Greeting, a song composed by the late King will be jointly sung by the general public.

Candles will then be lit simultaneously nationwide at 12.09 am of January 1, 2017, and all will pray together for the happiness of the country, the monarchy and for themselves.

Gen Tanasak said the private sector will also join the activities at their premises.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)