Chakri Memorial Day: 6 April 2016

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Chakri Memorial Day is observed on 6th April to commemorate the contribution of the kings of Chakri dynasty, who have been ruling Thailand since 1782. The day is a medium for the faithful people of Thailand to express their love and reverence to the kings.

The Celebrations
On this day, the people of Thailand perform meritorious acts for the great kings of the ruling dynasty. People are led in ceremonies by King Bhumibol Adulyadej*, who is the ninth king of the dynasty. The King, accompanied by members of the royal family, presides over the religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. He pays respects to his predecessors at the Royal Pantheon and proceeds for laying wreath at the statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge. All government officials including the prime minister take part with the King in the wreath-laying ceremony.

The Dynasty
Present Chakri dynasty of Thailand was founded by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke or King Rama I, who came to the throne on 6th April 1782. During his reign of 28 years, he consolidated the kingdom and established Bangkok as its capital. He died on 7th September 1809 at the age of 72.

* These days, the ceremony is led by the Crown Prince.