BANGKOK — Thais were flooding social media with an outpouring of love and concern Thursday for HM King after news of his health condition reached the general public.
Many users showed digital tributes by changing their profile pictures to a personalized pink-and-yellow image in which a name could be added before a sentence reading “love the King, long live the King.”
The profile picture maker, designed by Facebook user Kulthida Rotchanawit, mushroomed in use by many Thais – including Princess Ubolratana and celebrity Araya Alberta “Chompoo” Hargate.
Yellow is considered to be HM King Bhumibol’s color, since he was born on a Monday. In Thai culture days of the week are each assigned a special color.
Pink is considered to be an astrologically auspicious color for the King and his health. On occasions in which he exited the hospital, he has often been photographed wearing pink.
Nitis Pokavattana, 22, a graduate from Mahidol University’s Faculty of Science, changed his profile picture to show his love.
“When I heard last night that [the King]’s health was in an unstable condition, I decided to change my profile picture to show that I love the King. I felt concerned, and still do today,” he said. “A lot of my friends on my newsfeed changed their profile pictures too. Others uploaded pictures of the king on their wall.”
The number one trending Twitter hashtag since yesterday has been #WeLoveTheKing, written in Thai.
— มั่ยไหวก็(ต้อง)ฝืน🔥 (@aimemdiary) October 13, 2016
#LongLiveTheKing praying for my Thai friends and their beloved King
— Laura Peters (@laurapeters24) October 13, 2016
I have no idea what's gonna happen without you. #LongLiveTheKing 😔🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Mink isn't bright (@ChalisaPantha) October 13, 2016
— 🚶🏻Curtis S. Chin (@CurtisSChin) October 13, 2016