Each year the Pattaya Running Club is doing a run / Walk to Celebrate the Birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. As soon as I started running I joined this walk of 7 KM and this year in preparation for my Running 999 KM for Charity from North Thailand back to Pattaya starting FEB 17. I will be running with the Thai Flag and off course the Swedish Flag to Celebrate the Kings different projects around Thailand.
Long Live the King of Thailand – Chai yooo!
December 5 of each year marks one of the most significant days for Thai people – the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The day, which is a public holiday, is also observed as Thailand’s National Day and National Father’s Day. Thai people celebrate this auspicious occasion on a grand scale to show gratitude to their beloved monarch.
His Majesty is regarded as the symbol of unity and social harmony in Thai society. The love, respect, homage, and joy pouring forth from Thai people to honor His Majesty have been well-documented in Thai society. Each year on His Majesty’s birthday, festivities are held throughout the Kingdom; lights decorate households, government offices, public places, and private companies everywhere.
His Majesty is sometimes referred to by his subjects as Pho Luang or the royal father. He has spent his life working for the benefit of his people, who are all considered his children. The close relationship between him and his subjects truly reflects the family tradition in Thai society. Everywhere he goes throughout Thailand, local residents have consistently gathered to catch a glimpse of him and to chant “Long Live the King” in unison.
His Majesty the King was born on December 5, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He officially became King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty on June 9, 1946. He is the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in history. Thailand celebrates the 67th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne this year as well as his 86th birthday anniversary.