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Alcohol sales to be banned on Makha Bucha day

Alcohol sales to be banned on Makha Bucha day

PHUKET: The Buddhist religious day Makha Bucha thisFriday (Feb 26) will be observed as a public holiday bringing a long weekend for all government offices and many workers across the country.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 09:34AM

Image: The Phuket News / Graphics

Image: The Phuket News / Graphics

Makha Bucha takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year.

The event marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first major sermon. On the full moon of the third lunar month, seven months after the lord Buddha began his teachings when 1,250 monks came together, with no prior arrangement to hear Buddha preach, Buddha ordained these monks and passed to them the basic principles of Buddhism: To eschew all evil, to do only what is good, and to cleanse the mind, along with other teachings which marked a key event in the development of the religion.

Many Thais will start the day making merit by giving alms to monks in the morning. In the evening, devotees will fill the temples to listen to sermons and partake in the candlelight ceremony known as wien tien, where they walk clockwise three times around the temple holding flowers, incense and a lit candle.

Popular temples to visit on Makha Bucha are Wat Chalong, Wat Phra Thong, Wat Khao Rang, Phuket Big Buddha, Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha and Wat Srisoonthorn.

By law, the sale of alcohol will be prohibited for the 24 hours of this Friday – from 00:01am to 23:59pm.

An announcement by the Prime Minister’s office on Jan 22, 2015 prohibited the sale of alcohol on five religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Arsarnraha Bucha, Khao Pansa and Wan Org Pansa.

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The ban does not include duty free shops at international airports.

Government offices including Immigration, District Offices and the local Department of Land Transportation office will all be closed.

Main branches of banks will be closed, but some bank branches in shopping malls will remain open.

Thailand Post branches and kiosks in shopping malls will remain open as normal, while hospitals will provide emergency and ongoing regular treatments only – ancillary services such as weight loss and skin care will not be available.

All Royal Thai Police and Tourist Police stations will remain open and some local consulates will be open to serve their respective citizens.

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Kurt | 25 February 2021 - 13:21:47

Everything that violate/blocks democratic freedom by a 2015 (!) 'announcement'  hurts. It makes it every time a black day. A day to make people feel who are in control with a nonsense thing. The whole Government has a holiday on Friday. They all drink alcohol at home. pray none comes out and start shooting left or right after drinking Sangsom.

Fascinated | 25 February 2021 - 09:32:50

We may have a quiet day on Friday if a certain poster is Sangsom-free! 

Dukkkman | 25 February 2021 - 08:10:46

It's only one day, won't hurt anyone

Kurt | 24 February 2021 - 09:23:53

Do we know or the 'ban announcement', done Jan. 2015 by Coup General from the barracks actually passed the democratic path through Parliament and Senate to become democratically a real law? The silly ban is just a power & whipping play. It contributes harm to many businesses/jobs in these difficult Covid times. It service no purpose at all. Only good business for Pop & Mom shops at...

DeKaaskopp | 23 February 2021 - 14:00:45

Same event, same comment by the serial whiner. Nothing new here !

Kurt | 23 February 2021 - 11:53:13

Ah, time again for 'alcohol whipping'. Announced ( is it not a law?) by the than coup General Prayut on Jan 22, 2015. Typical installed to let people regular feel who is ruling. It's just silly obey-training. And practically silly, people buy the alcohol prior that day. It just give the already suffering restaurants/bars another blow.


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