Thailand shines on the evening of Dec. 5 by candlelight. The candles were lit at 7:29 pm to honor the king on his 81st birthday. Across Bangkok and especially outside the Grand Palace Thais lit candles in a yearly tradition to show homage to their revered king.
This year they wanted to bless him with good health as he missed his yearly speech for the first time in 62 years as king of Thailand. Reports say he is recovering from his fever and infection of the throat.
The tradition gave the country a much needed dose of unity as one and all blessed the king.
At the Friday night church service, we also lit candles and prayed a blessing for the king.