Preparations for HM the King’s 72nd Birthday Celebrations

All provinces nationwide are preparing various activities and projects to celebrate His Majesty the King’s sixth cycle, or 72nd, birthday anniversary. For Thai people, the sixth cycle is an important milestone of life and a special celebration is usually arranged on this occasion.

Permanent Secretary for Interior Suttipong Julcharoen on 20 December 2023 chaired a video conference to discuss preparations for the celebrations with provincial governors and representatives of relevant agencies.

Mr. Suttipong stated that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin had issued an order appointing a national commission for the event, which was named "The Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024."

The national commission, chaired by the Prime Minister, has set 1 January to 31 December 2024 as the period for the celebrations. Seven committees were also established to be responsible for various activities on this special occasion. They include (1) Committee on Ceremonies, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin, (2) Committee on Projects and Activities, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin, (3) Committee on Public Relations, chaired by Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Puangpet Chunlaiad, (4) Committee on Safety and Traffic, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Police General Phatcharavat Wongsuwan, (5) Committee on Documentation and Historical Records, chaired by Minister of Culture Sermsak Pongpanit, (6) Committee on Budget Request Screening, chaired by Inspector-General of the Prime Minister’s Office Rungratana Boon-long, and (7) Committee on Permission for the Use of the Royal Emblem, chaired by Senior Expert of the Office of the Prime Minister Phumintra Plungsombut.

All provinces will submit their proposals on activities and projects to be organized on this occasion to the Ministry of Interior for consideration. The ministry will forward the proposals to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, by 29 March 2024.

These activities and projects will involve the adoption of His Majesty the King’s wishes and aspirations to treasure, preserve, and build on national heritage, as well as royally initiated programs. They will be carried out, taking into consideration suitability, necessity, and benefit to society.

The Permanent Secretary said that each province will organize a mass ordination program of 73 monks as a tribute to His Majesty the King. Moreover, volunteers in all provinces will be invited to join various activities for public services, such as water source development.

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