October was a month of great sadness for all Thais as, after a year of mourning, it was the month when the Funeral Rites of the Late King, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, were performed. The ceremonies were held over four days and all of Bangkok and Thailand came to a halt on 26 October when the Cremation of the Late King took place. The Team at Arnoma Grand made a small contribution towards events by participating in a great “Clean Up’ campaign for the local area the day before the Royal Cremation, organised by our good neighbours at Big C, and by sending along our Culinary Team to participate in cooking free meals for some of the many thousands of mourners who attended the event. The Late King leaves a legacy that remains in the hearts of all Thais and the Funeral Rites were an opportunity for the people to pay a last, emotional farewell to their deeply beloved Monarch.
The whole month was overshadowed by the moving events related to the Late King, but October was also our Birthday Month. Everyone has a Birthday and Arnoma Grand is no different. 06 October was our 27th Birthday and of course we held a ceremony to mark the occasion, albeit in a rather more subdued fashion than in previous years. To ensure a fortuitous year ahead we held a ceremony attended by 9 Monks and presided over by our Owner’s Representative and Executive Director, Khun Chanathip Trivuth.
In October we also had a number of other remarkable occasions, but all was of very small note given the deeply sad events relating to the Royal Funeral Rites, that like the deeply beloved Late King, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will remain in the hearts and minds of all Thais, as well as all Foreigners working in Thailand, forever.