On May 5th 2013 at the Mahogany meeting room of Satri Phuket School, Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr.Paiboon Upattising, Vice Chief Executive of PPAO – Mr.Watcharin Pathomwattanaphong, PPAO Council Member – Mr.Somkid Suphap, PPAO staff, along with other Phuket government sectors attended the Coronation Day Commemoration Ceremony. Also in attendance was Governor of Phuket – Mr.Maitri Inthusut who was acting as the chairman of the ceremony.
Coronation Day or Wan Chattra Mongkol is a public holiday in Thailand to commemorate the anniversary of the coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as Rama IX, the ninth king of Chakri dynasty, and this is celebrated by Thai people on 5th May every year. Formal Coronation Day celebrations begin on 3 May when Buddhist monks hold a ceremony at Amarinda Vinichai Hall in the Grand Palace. Then, a high monk delivers sermons as well as reads scriptures dedicated to the ancestors of Chakri House. On the following day, the official proclamation of Coronation Day is read by the Chief of Brahmin priests, this is followed by a chanting ceremony from the Buddhist monks. The main ceremony is organized on 5th of May when the King wears his full regalia, and the Buddhist monks have a feast. On this day, there is also a 21-gun salute from the Royal Thai Army and an awards ceremony from the King to the most prominent citizens in their fields.