On Thursday 07 August 2008 in the morning at the Prachuapkhirikhan Provincial Court was celebrated Rapee Day. In attendance during celebration were Chief Judge Khun Supkit Boonpontuk and Chief Judge of Youth & Family Khun Somprasong Petsuwan and Provincial Court's staff.
To the Rapee Day celebration were invited many government officials; Provincial Governor Parnchai Borwon-Ratanapran, Chief Public Prosecutor Khun Chatchai Jaidi, Chief Police Commander Wirat Watcharakajorn, Conciliatory Staff, Hua Hin Rotarians, representative of Hotels and Business. Altogether there were about three hundred persons.
Chief Judge Khun Supkit Boonpontuk has presided over the Rapee Day celebration. He lit the candle and incense to respect the Three Gems of Buddha (tradition in the Buddhist religion). Nine Buddhist monks have prayed for half hour and Abbot has sprinkled the holy water on all guests present in the pavilion.
After the prayers Chief Judge Khun Supkit has praised Royal Highness Prince Rapee Pattanasak who was the son of King Julajom-Klow-Jao-U Hua. He was born on 21 October 1874 (134 years ago). His Royal Highness Prince Rapee Pattanasak went on to study law at Christchurch College, Oxford University. He came back and became minister of justice at the age of 22 in 1896. He held the position for 14 years. During that time, he laid a foundation for the Thai legal system similar to legal system in western world. His Royal Highness has established the first law school in the country in 1897. He taught the students himself.
Royal Highness Prince Rapee Pattanasak has had passed away on 7 August 1920and his last words were” My life is to serve our country”
On 7th August each year, Thailand observes Rapee Day, commemorating the passing away of Prince Rapee Pattanasak, the father of Thailand's modern legal system.
After Khun Supkit has finished telling the story of Prince Rapee Pattanasak Governor, Judges, Public Prosecutor, Police Officers and all guests have laid flower in front of Prince Rapee Pattanasak's picture. In the evening there was a party.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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