Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Long Live the King! ทรงพระเจริญ

December 5th is the birthday of the King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He will be 81 years old.

Today he was supposed to give his annual birthday speech but had to cancel at the last moment due to a slight illness. He is said to have an inflamed esophagus and loss of appetite.

Everybody here will be praying for him as he is the national hero, almost a father to the people, truly revered and loved. His health has not been the best lately and neither has the health of his Kingdom.

People were very interested to see what words of wisdom he might speak tonight during his address. He generally stays away from politics, but has a few times injected himself when the country and the people began to suffer too much.

As King Bhumibol is a father figure to the nation, Thailand also celebrates this day as Father's Day.

Happy Birthday to the King.
Happy Father's Day.
Long Live the King!!
ทรงพระเจริญ !! ทรงพระเจริญ !! ทรงพระเจริญ !!

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