Palace prints prayer books to commemorate birth of King’s Rama V, VIII

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BANGKOK — The palace announced Tuesday that His Majesty the King ordered the publication of Buddhist prayer books to pay homage to the birth of the previous monarchs.

Both King Rama V (1853 – 1910) and King Rama VIII (1925 – 1946) were born on Sep. 20.

King Vajiralongkorn drew the cover of the prayer books, which portrays King Rama VIII and his family members during their younger years.

The King also left a handwritten message saying: “Let this drawing be a blessing and moral support in doing good.”

The birthdays of the two late monarchs are rarely observed. On the other hand, the death anniversary of King Rama V – Oct. 23 – is a national holiday. There is no public holiday related to King Rama VIII, who is King Vajiralongkorn’s uncle, Khaosod English reported.

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Source: Khaosod English

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