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Thais cut celebrations as they mourn their king

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> With the country in mourning, it's no time to party in Thailand. The government asking the public to tone things down as a sign of respect for late King Bhumibol. Reuters Amy Sawitta Lefevre says that most of the population has willingly fallen into line.>> The Thai government has declared one year of mourning since the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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And they've also asked Thais to wear black clothing for the next 30 days when flags will be flown at half mast all around the country. Now they've also asked Thais to refrain from holding activities outdoors. And they've said that for the next 30 days festivities should be avoided.
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>> That means celebrations being cancelled or stripped down. Weddings like this one going forward but without the reception.>> We prepared everything but we called it off at the last minute. Everybody understands the situation.>> And at the box office customers aren't lining up for concert tickets, they're asking for refunds.
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>> I don't want to have fun. There's no fun left. My happiness has gone along with the king.>> King Bhumibol's remains have been laid out near Bangkok's Grand Palace to give mourners a chance to pay respects. Nearby, emergency tents set up to give support or medical treatment to those overcome with grief.
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>> 200 or so people have been treated over the last few days. And Bangkok hospitals say they're prepared to receive more people if they are admitted for hyperventilation or fainting.>> As for visitors to one of Asia's party capitals, the government has said they're still welcome. Although embassies have advised them to keep things respectful.
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Some economists warning the somber mood may temporarily hit the economy in a year that was supposed to bring in a record number of tourists.