June marked the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension to the thrown. He is the world's longest serving monarch, I believe, and public reverence is deeply embedded throughout the country at all socioeconomic strata. Criticism of the King is a criminal offense, but for the most part, there is little to citizen. Adulation extends well beyond the King's dynastic status, fostered, instead, by his gentle and compassionate disposition.
The coronation anniversary was a significant occasion in Thailand, with numerous commemorative events, including the impressive royal barge display, taking place throughout June. From what I understand, the King was born on a Monday, which symbolic color value is apparently yellow. Consequently, yellow shirts displaying the royal emblem or "I love the King" sold briskly, and during the main celebration, which involved the King addressing a million spectators, almost every Thai was wearing yellow. Into September, and perhaps for the rest of the year, numerous Thais still donned yellow shirts.
The photo's original focus was on the girl reading a special newspaper edition on the King's anniversary, but the guy giving the curious scowl colored it up….
Victory Monument Area