For Thailand, the year 2006 was full of activities related to the preservation and reinvention of traditions. The occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was marked by a veritable patriotic fervor among the citizenry. Portraits of the Monarch were accompanied by a sea of yellow as Thais donned clothes in the color of the King’s day of birth. There were fabulous light-and-sound extravaganzas and a Royal Barges procession to mark the joyous event as royalty from around the world attended. These pageants re-enacted a wide range of cultural activities that interwove and cultivated concepts of nationhood and Thai-ness (khwampenthai). Their goal was to fortify the notion of stability and security through the spectacular promotion of Nation, Religion, and Monarchy – the three pillars of nation state ideology in Thailand. By their symbolic affirmation of these beliefs, Thai people are expected to experience their affirmation of national identity.
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