From 6 p.m. onwards, each group took turns in paying homage to a portrait of H.M. The Queen by presenting two “phan phums”. This is a lotus bud shaped floral design. They are presented on a small tray. They are not easy to make and it can be time-consuming. Traditionally a mould is made using clay mixed with sawdust. But these days special dry floral foam is cut into the shape of a lotus bud. The stem of the dried flower is cut off and a sharp pointed slither of bamboo is used to pin it into the dry foam.
It took over an hour for all of the organizations to present their “phan phum”. Everything had to be finished before 7.29 p.m. as this was the auspicious time chosen to start the main ceremony that would take place simultaneously around the country. The main event in Bangkok at Sanam Luang was televised and broadcast live around the country. Millions of candles were lit at exactly 7.29 p.m. and the Thai people then sang songs to praise H.M. The Queen. The evening ended with a fireworks show and traditional Thai dancing.