The official mourning period for the late Supreme Patriarch has been extended to 30 days to allow more people to pay last respects to His Holiness.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday announced the extension of the period to mourn the late Supreme Patriarch from 15 to 30 days, in line with the extended duration for royal mourning announced by the Royal Household Bureau.
The national flag will be flown at half mast for three days to observe the loss of the Supreme Patriarch. The Prime Minister's Office is responsible for arranging the funeral ceremony.
Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the national police chief, asked entertainment venues across the country to refrain from holding joyful shows and performances for 15 days, from Oct 25 to Nov 8, to mourn the loss of the Buddhist spiritual leader.
The 15-day period could be further extended, he added.
Wipada Chandtalue, a 55-year-old woman who attended the royal bathing rite, said she felt extremely emotional because the Supreme Patriach's death was a major loss for Thai Buddhists.
"I have held respect and faith in the Supreme Patriach and his doctrine for a long time. When he was being treated at Chulalongkorn Hospital I came to pray for him all time, back since the time he could walk by himself.
"I really like his teachings on identifying good and bad deeds, understanding the benefits of becoming unattached to materialism and knowing that death stays with us.
"Even though he has passed away, I want Thai people to study and apply his teachings," Mrs Wipada said.
Chartchai Fanpirom, 44, said he left his home in Khon Kaen to take part in the royal bathing rite early Friday morning.
"I'm saddened by the loss of the Supreme Patriarch because I have faith in him. The things he taught can be used in our daily lives," Mr Chartchai said.
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, the Supreme Patriarch, died of a blood infection at Chulalongkorn Hospital on Thursday night at the age of 100 years.
His body was moved from the hospital to the Manusayanak Witthayatharn Building at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara by a procession on Friday afternoon.
Thousands of mourners queued at the hospital, the line up to 300 metres long, to pay their last respects before his body was taken to Wat Bowonniwet, departing about 1pm.
Many were also waiting along the roads the procession travelled along on its way to Wat Bowon Niwet, where thousands more were converged for the royal bathing rite.
All provinces also held ceremonies for His Holiness. In Kanchanaburi, where he was born on Oct 3, 1913. Phra Ratcrattanawimol, chief of the provincial monks, said the seven-day chanting ceremony for the late Supreme Patriarch would involve 1,199 monks drawn from all 13 districts.
Ayutthaya held the main chanting ceremony at Wat Phananchoeng in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district and Sakhon Nakhon deputy governor Boonsong Techamanesit said the province held a ceremony at Wat Sutthawas for monks and Buddhist worshippers to pay their respects in front of his portrait.
In Pathum Thani, Wat Khien Khet in Thanya Buri district was the main venue for a chanting ceremony for the late revered monk, with chanting also at other temples.
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