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What Will Change As The Mourning Period In Thailand Ends

Bangkok, Tue Nov 15 2016
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A month ago, Thailand lost their beloved His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and a 30 day mourning period was announced, to be proceeded by another 11 months to make a full year of mourning. As at yesterday, the 30 days had passed, so what does that mean for life in Thailand and in Bangkok, specifically? Well, many areas held special prayers and rituals to acknowledge the 30 day mark, and many places will hold further ceremonies after another 20 days to acknowledge 50 days since the late king’s passing, reported National News Bureau.

A month ago, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha banned celebrations, live music, sporting events and other festivities to mourn the late king's death. As part of that, the fireworks and music that usually accompany Loy Krathong were banned from this year's festival, reported The Nation. It’s assumed that the strictly black and white dress code will start to relax too now, with people blending in more blues, grays and other neutrals - you’ll probably still get some looks if you head out your favourite bright red dress though. Although no formal announcement has been made regarding clothing, it’s been stated that Thais and foreigners should dress “appropriately” and those working in government offices will don black for another 11 months. According to the Bangkok Post, all sporting events that were canceled as part of the 30 day mourning period also resumed yesterday, including Muay Thai at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee Stadiums.

Live music events, all of which were also canceled a month ago, can be resumed as well. Many big events have been rescheduled though some tours that were passing through the city were not and tickets are in the process are being refunded. Big festivals that were meant to take place over the last month have mostly been rescheduled to the new year. The Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya and Mystic Valley in Khao Yai, for example, will happen in February 2017 now.

According to Campaign Asia, regular TV broadcasting resumed yesterday too. They noted that many news outlets, brands and shops are still retaining monotone window displays and home pages and many ad campaigns have been put off until next year. Banners, photos and sashes commemorating the late king will likely remain up for the next 11 months but Thai flags can now be restored to full height.

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