Thailand extends mourning period for two more days, all banks closed on cremation day

Mourners gather outside of the Grand Palace to sing for a recording of the royal anthem in honor of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, October 2016. Photo: Reuters

Thailand has extended the mourning period for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for two more days, until Oct. 29, according to an announcement from the prime minister’s office yesterday.

The royal funeral is scheduled for Oct. 25-29, so the cabinet has decided to extend the mourning period. The official mourning dates have been changed from Oct. 13-27 to Oct. 13-29, a total of 17 days.

The Thai flag will be flown at half-mast, and government workers will wear black through the end of the period. All mourning signs and banners will be removed on the night of Oct. 29.

Although not mandatory, locals have been wearing black out of the respect for the late king since the beginning of October. The public may respectfully resume wearing colors on Oct. 30.

The Bank of Thailand also announced this week that all banks will be closed on Oct. 26, the date for the cremation, which has been declared a national holiday this year.

Coconuts has compiled a list on what will be closed during the royal funeral. We will update the list when new information emerges.


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