More than 20 million Thais took part in Buddhist chanting ceremonies held at over 42,000 temples to commemorate the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great on Saturday, which is also celebrated as National Day and Father’s Day, said Anucha Nakasai, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The ceremony was hosted by the government through the National Office of Buddhism.

“The ceremony in Bangkok was held at Wat Bovoranives Vihara in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district, while in the other provinces it was held at the central temple in each district in cooperation with the Provincial Office of Buddhism and Provincial Administrative Organisation,” he said.

“We have been organising the chanting ceremony every Saturday since November 7 and will continue until December 26 to commemorate the late King Rama IX,” he said.



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