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Thais Begin Wearing Yellow To Celebrate Upcoming Coronation

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Many Thais were seen in public in yellow shirts on Monday in an apparent move to celebrate the upcoming coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in early May.

Many public places were a sea of yellow shirts, particularly state enterprises.

“I’m so happy that there will finally be a coronation. The country will then be more orderly,” said hospital volunteer Pitsawong Puntasiri, who was wearing a yellow shirt.

The move followed the government’s request for the public to wear yellow for four months until July, which is the birth month of the king, to express their loyalty to the monarchy.

Yellow is the colour originally associated with Vajiralongkorn’s late father, king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on the throne. It has since become the colour of royalism.

But not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of wearing the colour every day for the next four months.

“Do we need to wear yellow now just to save our lives?,” a social media user under the account @ddream_dreamm tweeted, referring to a possible social backlash from royalists.

“We were forced…asked for cooperation rather to wear yellow every day from today till July. Are you crazy? It costs a lot to buy new shirts,” said another Twitter account @shawtyoonge.

The 66-year-old king attributed the reason for the initial delay of his coronation in 2016 to the mourning for his late father, but never gave a reason for the continued delay afterwards.

His coronation on May 4 will come one day ahead of the anniversary of Bhumibol’s coronation on May 5, 1950.

The king is ranked the richest monarch in the world by Business Insider with a net worth of 30 billion dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

(dpa)

 

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