21 Aug, 2015
Bangkok – A multi-faith ceremony comprising of representatives of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism was held at 0700 hrs on Aug 21 to mourn the victims of the 17 Aug bomb blast which killed 21 innocent civilians and injured dozens more, most of them tourists.
The ceremonies began at the Erawan shrine with prayers and offerings to the Lord Brahma and then shifted to the expansive courtyard in front of the Central World complex. More than 1,000 people attended the tributes, including several Thai government ministers, representatives of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and business leaders from the Ratchprasong shopping and commercial area.
The names of all the dead were read out and have been consecrated in an altar placed at the site. Buddhist monks prayed for the souls of the departed to rest in peace and for the gods to bestow peace, safety and security upon the people of Thailand and people everywhere. Special prayers were offered for protection from evil spirits.
After the opening prayers by the Buddhist monks, simultaneous prayers were offered for 30 minutes by all the religious representatives in their respective pavilions.
Travel Impact Newswire is the only travel trade publication to cover the ceremony in such pictorial detail.