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Thailand marked the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, on December 5, 2016 by giving alms and pray for the King at the hospital where he was admitted and his health is closely watched. The day is also observed as Thailand’s National Day and National Father’s Day.
Thai people celebrate this auspicious occasion on a grand scale to show gratitude to their beloved King, who is “more than a monarch” for many. In Thailand, the monarch is seen as a symbol of the nation and its continuity, and for this reason he is expected to be above politics and so a representative of all the people in the state. Celebrations have taken place also at Sanam Luang, just beside the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha temple in the Thai capital. King Bhumibol, who turns 88, was last seen in public on September 1, and officials say he will not be making a public appearance on his birthday.
Thai people praying in front of Siriraj Hospita where the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is hospitalized.
The portrait of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej hanging from the building of Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok where the Monarch is hospitalized.
TV news reporter ready to broadcast from the hospital garden where King Bhumibol Adulyadej is hospitalized.
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej devotees standing at the entrance of Siriraj Hospital hall where the Monarch is hospitalized.
Thai women sitting in the garden of the Siriraj Hospital to pray and pay homage in the occasion of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th birthday.
People waiting in front of the entrance of Siriraj Hospitall where Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is hospitalized.
The King's flag waved by Thai people at Sanam Luang park with the Grand Palace in the background.
A picture of the King Bhumibol Adulyade together with his son, the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, on the road to Sanam Luang Park, in Bangkok.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Ocha, and his wife, Naraporn Chan, holding a candle to wish good luck to the Thai King on the day of his birthday.
Thai army cadette standing at Sanam Luang Park, in Bangkok, during a ceremony on King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th birthday.
Candles are lit by Thai army cadetes in honor to the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday and pay tribute to the monarch.
Group of policemen holding candles to pay tribute to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the day of his birthday.
The celebrations end with the fireworks at the Sanam Luang park after a long day of celebrations and parades all over Bangkok.