Ayutthaya Marks HM King's Birthday With Giant Candle

Westerners signing good wishes for His Majesty the King on the occasion of his birthday in Ayutthaya, 5 December 2013

(5 December) Officials in Ayutthaya province said they had commissioned the creation of giant candle to mark the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King′s Birthday, which falls on 5 December.

Thais are encouraged by the authorities to hold candle-lit rallies in the evening of 5 December every year to express their goodwill to His Majesty the King. 
Later tonight, administrative officials in Ayutthaya will unveil its own special candle for the occasion, with 3.99 metre in height, 499 kilogram in weight, and a diameter of 99 centimetre. Number 9 is considered a lucky number by the Thais, and it also corresponds to the title of His Majesty the King, the 9th monarchy of the Chakri dynasty.
Furthermore, the candle has been blessed by 9 famous monks from different temples in the province, offcials said, adding that it is "the biggest candle in the world ever dedicated to His Majesty the King".
A ceremony is also held at Panan Choeng Temple to celebrate HM King′s birthday. Over 3,000 people attended the event. 



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