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Mass ordination held in Surin coincides with blood donation on behalf of Kings

Jun 25. 2017
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By Wichit Chunhakitkhajorn
The Nation

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A mass ordination for monks and novices was held in Surin’s Muang district on Sunday with 54 young men riding horses, 15 elephants, horse carriages and tricycles in a nostalgic old-style parade around the city to the tune of traditional music.

The ordination ceremony accompanied a blood-donation event at Wat Salaloy aimed at making merit for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The event was presided over by Phra Dhammoli as clerical chair and provincial deputy governor Chokdee Amornwat as layman chair. 

Besides the devout Buddhists and aspiring monks’ family members and friends, the 18th mass ordination, held by the province and Worawuth Promotion, received attention from the public, especially tourists taking souvenir photos because of its uniqueness and nostalgia and the night-time musical performances.

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