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Religious holidays bring two alcohol ban days

Religious holidays bring two alcohol ban days

PHUKET: The auspicious Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent), also called “Vassa”, will be observed across the country on Wednesday and Thursday (July 13-14), respectively.

By The Phuket News

Monday 11 July 2022, 03:47PM

Image: The Phuket News / file

Image: The Phuket News / file

Asarnha Bucha day, also known as the “Day of Dharma”, is the full-moon day of the eighth lunar month, commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon to his first five disciples after attaining Enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago.

 As part of making merit to honour the day, Buddhists attend evening candlelight processions called wien tien at temples across the country. Visitors are always welcome to respectfully join the event.

Khao Phansa is the start of a period of three lunar months during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in one particular place or temple and undertake deep meditation.

Both Asarnha Bucha and Khao Pansa are public holidays, with all government offices closed and an alcohol ban in effect for the full 24 hours of each day. As such a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol will be in effect from just after midnight Tuesday night (00:01am, July 13) through to midnight Thursday night (11:59pm, July 14).

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

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

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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DeKaaskopp | 12 July 2022 - 16:46:13

@Phuketski    Posting the same comment twice ?  Looks like two days without any alcohol may help you .
@Kurt   Guess who is the biggest clown? 

Phuketski | 12 July 2022 - 13:41:48

@fascinated: so if I give alcohol away for free in my restaurant, it is allowed? I will just raise the price of my menu a tiny bit, but a wine or beer is free then.

Kurt | 12 July 2022 - 12:19:52

@ Puketski, hahaha, that is a good one. Seems you found the loop hole.  But doubt or RTP who goes around for tea money to close 'ban eyes' and let alcohol sales happen in tea pots, will accept your idea. After all, Ban days are RTP bonus days.

Kurt | 12 July 2022 - 12:12:17

Alcohol ban on sales is like patronizing children, by clowns ( as JohnC calls government officials in another of his todays comments). Not a matter to live with it or leave. That is just a clincher saying.

Phuketski | 12 July 2022 - 12:03:54

@fascinated: so if I give alcohol away for free in my restaurant, it is allowed? I will just raise the price of my menu a tiny bit, but a wine or beer is free then.

Kurt | 12 July 2022 - 12:03:29

I believe in keeping State/Government- and Religious matters separate. A religion is a private thing. People should be free to choose to ban themselve of alcohol buying and/or use. To force people to it is freedom limiting. Gives space to hypocrisy. Official ban, but under the table sales. And anybody knows it. This country has other choices of more important matters to put energy in.

christysweet | 12 July 2022 - 10:02:00

Religious adherants have long inflicted their bizarre restrictive  fantasies  on the rest of us. Besides , alcohol bans violate the Beer God sect of the Flying Spaghetti Monster dogma. 

solar_serfer | 12 July 2022 - 09:00:18

why don't you ban slaughtering of (at least big, mammal) animals nationwide on days like this? this looks like an insult to real Buddhism, and is a pure show. get real

JohnC | 12 July 2022 - 08:59:48

@JSombra. Very true. There have always been religious and electoral alcohol ban days every since I first arrived here almost 30 years ago. Live with it or leave kurt.

JSombra | 11 July 2022 - 21:06:38


Banning alcohol on religious days long predates 2015, actually before then it was banned on even more religious holidays, King or queens birthdays and sometimes it felt, because some random crow went counter clockwise at dawn. 2015 is when they limited it to the 6 religious days and elections only

Fascinated | 11 July 2022 - 19:31:50

The headline is mis-leading. there is no ban on the consumption of alcohol, there is a ban on the SALE of alcohol.

DeKaaskopp | 11 July 2022 - 19:20:00

The same comment from the same poster whenever there is a religious holiday.Yawn.

Kurt | 11 July 2022 - 17:26:03

Religion matters, when it comes to alcohol, should be celebrated in freedom. Like it was before 2015. Those who not want to drink respected, same as those who want to drink because they not are/feel involved.. Afterall, Thailand is the country of the free, right? This non alcohol dictate has no support among majority Thai. People don't obey, as we see around us.


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