Thailand on Friday held a nationwide Buddhist alms giving ceremony to mark the passage of a year since the death of its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a
father figure to the nation during a reign that spanned seven decades.
As many as 199 Buddhist monks in orange robes participated in the event at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, the capital, where the king spent most of his twilight years being treated for
various ailments before his death last year on Oct. 13.
The monks filed past hundreds of Thais clad in mourning black, receiving packages of biscuits and bottled water, among other items, in large brass alms bowls, as a way of amassing
merit for the “people’s king”, who helped shape the Southeast Asian nation in the decades after World War Two.