A month ago, the country lost their beloved HM the king and a 30-day mourning period was announced, to be proceeded by another 11 months to make a full year of mourning.
Today, the 30 days has passed, so what does that mean for life in Thailand and in Bangkok, specifically?
Well, many areas held special prayers and rituals to mark the 30-day mark, and many places will hold further ceremonies after another 20 days to mark 50 days since the late king’s passing, reported National News Bureau.
A month ago, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha banned celebrations, live music, sporting events and other festivities to mourn the late king’s death. As part of that, the fireworks and music that usually accompany Loy Krathong are banned from this year’s festival, reported The Nation.
It’s assumed that the strictly black-and-white dress code will start to relax, with people blending in more blues, grays and other neutrals. You’ll probably still get some looks if you prance out in a red dress though. Though no formal announcement has been made regarding clothing, it’s been stated that Thais and foreigners should dress “appropriately.” Those working in government offices will don black for another 11 months.
According to the Bangkok Post, all sporting events that were canceled as part of the 30-day mourning period will resume today, including Muay Thai at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee Stadiums.
Live music events, all of which were also canceled a month ago, can be resumed as well. Many big events have been rescheduled though some tours that were passing through the city were not and tickets are in the process are being refunded.
Big festivals that were meant to take place over the last month have been moved to the new year. The Wonderfruit festival will now take place from Feb. 16-19, 2017 and Mystic Valley, in Khao Yai, will happen from Feb.3-5, 2017.
According to Campaign Asia, regular TV broadcasting can resume as well today. They noted that many news outlets, brands and shops are still retaining monotone window displays and home pages and many ad campaigns have been put off until next year.
Banners, photos and sashes commemorating the late king will likely remain up for the next 11 months but Thai flags can now be raised to full height.