Royal Barge Procession – 22 October 2011

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One of the grandest spectacles in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Royal Barge Procession on the Chao Phraya River is to be held on the 22nd October 2011.  This ancient tradition was revived by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1959.  The breathtaking water-borne Royal Barge Procession is reserved for nationally auspicious occasions and has been held only sixteen times during His Majesty’s reign.

To commemorate the auspicious occasion of HM King Bhumibol’s 84th birthday on 5 December 2011, Rear Admiral Apiwat Sriwattana, in his capacity as Chairman of the Preparation Committee for the Royal Barge Procession, has announced that the Royal Thai Navy will be organizing a Royal Kathin Royal Barge Procession on 22 October 2011 to mark the visit of HM King Bhumibol and members of the royal family to a royal temple to present offerings of saffron kathin robes, food and other necessities, to the monks.

The water-borne Royal Barge procession on 22 October will consist of a flotilla of 52 traditional-style barges arranged in five columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times. This is made up of four major royal barges — Suphannahongse, Narai Song Suban H.M. King Rama IX, Anantanagaraj and Anekchatbhuchongse, eight barges with animal figureheads and 40 smaller ceremonial barges. A total of 2,098 navy officers from various units within the Royal Thai Navy will serve as oarsmen during the Royal Barge Procession.

 

Royal Barge Procession Bangkok

Royal Barge Procession - 22 October 2011

 

Royal Barge Procession Rehearsal Schedule

A total of eight Royal Barge Procession rehearsals will be conducted between 26 August through to 7 October. Two full dress rehearsals are currently scheduled for 13 and 18 October, prior to the actual Royal Kathin Barge Procession on 22 October 2011.

 

Source: Royal Barge Procession published by the Foreign News Division, Government Public Relations Department, Office of the Prime Minister

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