The Royal Barge Procession to Present the Royal Kathin Ceremony
November 2 - 9, 2012
The Royal Barge Procession is the world-class heritage that will appear once agian on the occasion of the royal ceremony to present the Royal Kathin robes to the monks at Wat Arun Ratchaworaram Ratchaworamahawihan on Friday, 9 November,2012. On the Celebration on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary, 5 December 2011. This is a demonstration of the might of Thai King and immensity of the Royal Barge Procession that graces our nation now and forever.
The water-borne Royal Kathin Procession will consist of a flotilla of 52 traditional style barges arranged in 5 columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times. This is made up of four major royal barges Suphannahong, Narai Song Suban H.M.King Rama IX, Anantanakkharat and Anekkachatphuchong, 8 barges with animal figureheads and 36 smaller vessels. The five-column flotilla stretches 1,200 meters in length and 90 across. A total 2,311 sailors from various units within the Royal Thai Navy will serve as oarsmen.
Dress Rehearsals : November 2 & 6, 2012
Royal Kathin Barge Procession : November 9, 2012
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