May 5th marks the coronation anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also observed as a public holiday. It was on May 5, 1950 that His Majesty pronounced his oath of coronation: “We shall reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people.”
The annual coronation celebrations usually involve a three-day event which starts with a ritual merit-making ceremony on May 3 to honor the King’s ancestors. By tradition, the royal coronation ceremony signifies the official recognition of the ruling monarch.