All government agencies completely moved out of the palace in 1932, and The Grand Palace is not used as royal residence any more after Rama IX moved his residence to the Chitralada Palace in 1946. Although the Grand Palace mainly act as an attraction open to public now, it is still a specified place to hold important and special events. Has been used as Royal residence for more than 200 years, the Grand palace has an irreplaceable role in Royal Ceremony.
The ceremony is divided into two main events: the coronation rites and the celebration of the Assumption of the Residence. Most of the coronation rituals take place within the enclosure of the Phra Maha Montien group of buildings in the Grand Palace. The king grants his public audiences Amarin Winitchai throne hall, and holds state ceremonies in front of the royal court. After the coronation rites, the king takes up ceremonial residence at the Grand Palace – referred to in simple terms as a housewarming party.
As the latest Coronation Ceremony in 2019, in the days after the main ceremonies, the king took part in processions around Bangkok and made a public appearance on his balcony to give ordinary Thais an opportunity to pay their respects.
Celebrate the Birthday of King
Date: 28 July.
Previously this holiday was celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 5th. From 2017, the King’s Birthday has shifted to July 28th, but December 5th remains a public holiday in Thailand to mark the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Early in the morning, alms will be given to monks; temples will be especially busy. Buildings across Thailand will display flags, streets are blocked off; music and cultural performances take place on stages in cities, and special markets pop up. Firework shows are held in Bangkok.
Around the Grand Palace area of Bangkok, the streets are decorated with thousands of marigolds. Marigolds are chosen for their color, as yellow is the predominant color of the celebrations; as the King was born on a Monday and in Thailand, yellow is the color for Monday.
People would gather outside of the palace in the evening to hold candles and honor the king. Tourists are invited to join and participate as long as they are respectful.
The Royal Funeral usually includes much pomp and ceremony as well as religious overtones and distinctive elements of military tradition. Below is the funeral procedure of King IX.
- Day 1: Chanting Ceremony in the Grand Palace
- Day 2: The coffin was removed from the Grand Palace to Sanam Luang. The cremation took place at 10 pm.
- Day 3: Collecting ashes in the morning.
- Day 4: Conducting chanting ceremony at Dusit Maha Prasat Hall of Grand Palace.
- Day 5: Enshrine the ashes in Chakkri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the morning. In the afternoon, parts of the ashes were placed in Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.
Besides the above important Royal celebration, the Grand Palace also hold some events related to politics, such as royal ceremony of Ordination, bestowing medal and receiving foreign leaders.