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Cabinet adds new eight new public holidays for 2021

Cabinet adds new eight new public holidays for 2021

PHUKET: The Cabinet has approved four new national public holidays and four new “regional” public holidays for next year in the hope of the extra public holidays will help boost domestic tourism throughout the country.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 30 December 2020, 03:16PM


Trisulee Traisanakul, Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office. Image: MCOT

Trisulee Traisanakul, Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office. Image: MCOT

Trisulee Traisanakul, Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, announced the news yesterday (Dec 29), reports state news agency NNT.

The four news national public holidays were given as

  • Friday, 12 February 2021, Chinese New Year
  • Monday, 12 April 2021, an extra public holiday for Songkran
  • Tuesday, 27 July 2021, an extra substitution day public holiday for Asarnha Bucha Day, and
  • Friday 24 September 2021, to honour Mahidol Day in remembrance of Prince of Songkla, Mahidol Adulyadej.

Four regional public holidays were also declared, Ms Trisulee announced.

Friday, March 26, 2021 will be a public holiday for the 17 provinces that comprise Northern Thailand: Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani and Tak. The holiday is for the people of the North to celebrate the annual Wai Phra That Budhhist festival.

Monday, 10 May 2021, will be a public holiday for the 20 provinces compromising Northeast Thailand so local residents can celebrate the annual  Bun Bang Fai merit-making festival, also called the  ‘Rocket Festival’.

Northeast Thailand comprises the 20 provinces of Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Buriram and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 will be a public holiday in the 14 provinces of Southern Thailand to commemorate the Buddhist ‘Duen Sip’ festival, which occurs each year in the 10th month of the Buddhist calendar.

The public holiday is to be observed Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Trang, Satun and Chumphon, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Phatthalung, as well as the Deep South provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 will be an extra public holiday for the people of Central Thailand to commemorate the end of Buddhist Lent (Wan Org Phansa).

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Central Thailand comprises the ‘Greater Bangkok’ provinces of Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon as well as Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Chainat, Lopburi, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Suphanburi, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachinburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Trat.

Of note, Wan Org Phansa currently remains one of the Buddhist holidays on which the sale of alcohol is banned by law.

In addition to the new public holidays, the Chulalongkorn Day public holiday has been moved from Monday, 25 October 2021 to Friday 22 October 2021, Ms Trisulee explained.

State enterprises, financial institutions and the private sector are permitted to allow the new holidays at their discretion as long as they designate the appropriate number of holidays for the year in accordance with applicable laws, Ms Trisulee added.

“This is to stimulate the national economy, especially in tourism, which will mainly gain positive benefits,” she said.

The eight new holidays will bring the total number of public holidays in Thailand for 2021 to 24*.

According to current labour protection law, employers must provide employees no less than 13 public days a year, including National Labour Day on May 1. (See Ministry of Labour, here.)


* Correction: The total number of public holidays for 2021 is now 24, but holidays for financial institutions is now 26. 

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GerryT81 | 02 January 2021 - 12:06:02

Funny that retirees on here, who do actually nothing more than spreading negative vibes all day, complaining about extra holidays for some Thai's. Citing the spread of Covid for their concern even if many of those holidays are scheduled for the 2nd half of the year. They must be bored to the bone.

Kurt | 02 January 2021 - 10:04:05

Great more holidays, more promoted stimulus traveling, More Covid-19 spreading. Now already in 53 provinces.

DeKaaskopp | 01 January 2021 - 14:14:26

@Naso12  And what have extra holidays got to do with " becoming a province of China" ? Lol ! 

Capricornball | 01 January 2021 - 07:10:54

 So now there is a holiday every other week of the year. Yeah, this is what Thailand needs...more days off, after having nothing but days off for almost a year.  This is as foolish as giving your child a big bag of candy for being good boy at the dentist.  These law makers really seem to think at about a 7th or 8th grade level.

Nasa12 | 30 December 2020 - 20:34:12

Should spread the virus around nicely......good to see Thailand takes yet another stride in the direction of becoming no more than a province of China.

 

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