Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong at 8am this morning (Aug 6) led a ceremony at Phuket Provincial Hall to honour the Queen Mother. During the event officials signed books of birthday wishes.
Present were Phuket Vice Governors Snith Sriwihok, Thawornwat Kongkaew and Prakorb Wongmaneerung, the heads of government offices in Phuket, as well as judges, senior ranking members of the military in Phuket, top-ranking police commanders and key officials from other agencies.
The books of commemorations will remain at Provincial Hall through Sunday for people to sign theirs blessings.
All people are invited to join the official celebrations, which will begin at 7am on Sunday a merit-making ceremony to 87 monks and novices at the 72nd Anniversary Commemoration of Queen Sirikij Public Park.
At Phuket Rajabhat University in Rassada, at 8:30am, there will be the signing of a book of commemorations at the convention hall and at 5pm there will be ceremonies and the lighting of candles in front of the image of the Queen Mother to pay respects to the the revered figure.
Government officials attending ceremonies must wear their white uniforms, while the general public is asked to wear light blue. Women may dress in traditional Thai costume, and students and members of private organisations may wear the uniforms of the organisations or institutions they represent.
“For this auspicious occasion, Phuket also invites people to wear blue or traditional Thai dress throughout August and join to sing to praise the King’s mother to express the loyalty in the coming event,” noted a press release from the Phukt office of the Pubic Relations Department.