Following the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13, the Kingdom of Thailand was officially in mourning for 30 days. Restrictions applied on all entertainment and festive events during that time. But from November 14, the Royal Thai Government has announced that restrictions on festive celebrations and entertainment venues will be lifted from November 14
The announcement from the Government has been made to reassure visitors with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals will be going ahead as planned. It is also to let locals know that, while the mourning period is being respected, other areas of life will be returning to normal to avoid disruption and to enable people to make a living.
Arrangements for nationally celebrated events including the Loi Krathong festival to be held on 14 November, Christmas celebrations and New Year countdowns, as well as the Chinese New Year celebrations will be going ahead as planned, however some taking a lower profile for this year with less bright and flashy events.
Hotels will be able to hold celebrations and events, including meetings and seminars, and parties. In addition, sporting fixtures will go ahead as planned. Also clubs, bars and entertainment venues will be returning to their usual opening hours.
To commemorate the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13 and to provide a testimony of the last farewell of Thai and foreign people to the monarch, Thailand’s Ministry of Culture is inviting local people and visitors to share photos and video clips. They will be included in a memorial book to be published as well as on a documentary.
Photos can be uploaded to Facebook at pic.culture2559 or via a Line Application. In addition, as a way of celebrating Thailand’s past and culture during this historical transition period, the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, is inviting all visitors to visit national museums and historical parks throughout Thailand with free admission from now until 31 January.
There are a total of 42 national museums including Bangkok’s National Museum and the Museum of the Royal Barges, Ayutthaya’s Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Chiang Mai National Museum, Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai National Museum, Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum, and Songkhla National Museum. Additionally, they are 10 historical parks, the most famous being Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Phanom Run, Petchaburi and Phimai Historical Parks.
Commenting on the Ministry of Culture’s initiative, Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) declared, “Although this is a time of mourning for the Thai people, we feel that by opening up our historical parks and museums we encourage people to explore the many wonders the kingdom offers through the ages and show people how, over the centuries, we felt united as a nation.”