Ceremonies have been held around the country as Thai Buddhists mourn the loss of the Supreme Patriarch.

Hundreds of Buddhists gathered at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital Friday morning to mourn the loss of His Holiness Somdej Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch. King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital allowed the public to pay their respect until 12:00 pm.

The body of the late Supreme Patriarch was then moved to Wat Bovoranives Temple. According to His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch’s Assistant Secretary Ven. Phra Dr. Anil Sakya, the public will be allowed to attend the funeral bathing rite at Wat Bovoranives Temple, from 1 pm–5 pm. However, taking pictures of His Holiness’ body will be strictly prohibited.

Buddhists have already begun to arrive at Wat Bovoranives Temple awaiting the procession carrying His Holiness’ body. Many of them have purchased amulets celebrating His Holiness 100th anniversary.

Later this evening, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, representing His Majesty the King, will preside over the funeral bathing rite at 17:00.

Meanwhile, national flags at state agencies, state enterprises, and education institutes have been half-mast for three days, until 27 October. Selected temples in every province are holding ceremonies to allow people in the province to pay respect to the pictures of His Holiness.

His Holiness' Assistant Secretary has also stated that it is the duty of Buddhists to practice His Holiness’ teachings in merit of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch.

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