It was a sweet, cold Thursday morning when everybody did wake up early, put on their shoes and run. The school carried out the activity "Run For The King" as the King is about to celebrate his birthday on the fifth of December. Parents, students and teachers as well did participate in the said activity.
For Thai people, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the King of all kings. He is the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history and is loved and respected by the people of Thailand and take note, he earned that respect, not forced.
It's just so different here, we often hear news about people of most countries overthrowing their rulers and so on.
So why do Thai people love him?
Simply put, it is because he cared for his people especially the poor ones in rural areas. He doesn't indulge in luxuries or extravagant lifestyle, he is morally upright, righteous, compassionate, he possesses charisma and good leadership qualities, a pious and holy man.
The said program was done annually as a sign of support for their King's intention which is largely to help everyone in every possible way and be a stronger nation. But this year, an even greater reason was put and that is for the speedy recovery of the country and the King. The flood situation really did cause depressing moments to the people and the King who was reportedly upset about the current condition.
The run was fun and impressive, and again showed how these people stand as one and support their leader.