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Thais show love for King with good deeds on birthday

December 7, 2015

flag_of_thailandMillions offer prayers for his health and ‘make merit’ in his name as frail monarch turns 88.

The longest-reigning monarch in the world, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, turned 88 yesterday, in frail health but revered by his people after nearly 70 years on the throne.

In temples and town halls, millions of Thais gathered to offer prayers for the monarch’s health, and “make merit” in his name.

In Phichit province, for instance, police and locals donated blood while residents in the resort town of Krabi gathered to clear beaches of garbage. In the southern province of Yala, more than 300 parents, teachers and students rode bicycles to a home for the elderly, with food for its residents.


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