THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Religious holidays bring two-day alcohol ban

Religious holidays bring two-day alcohol ban

PHUKET: Major Buddhist public holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday will bring a ban on the sale of alcohol for two consecutive days, starting at midnight tonight.

tourismalcoholcrimereligion
By The Phuket News

Monday 15 July 2019, 07:30AM


The major Buddhist holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday will see a ban on alcohol sales across the country, including Phuket, from midnight tonight through to midnight Wednesday night.

The major Buddhist holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday will see a ban on alcohol sales across the country, including Phuket, from midnight tonight through to midnight Wednesday night.

The auspicious Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent), also called “Vassa”, will be observed tomorrow and Wednesday (July 16-17), respectively.

As both are major religious holidays, the sale of alcohol is banned by law across the nation on both days. As such, the alcohol ban starts at midnight tonight and concludes at midnight Wednesday night.

Over the two days, most government offices on the island will be closed, including Phuket Immigration Office, the Employment Office, the Land Transport Office and the island’s three District Offices.

All main bank branches will be closed, but branches in shopping centres will remain open.

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

Alcohol sales is prohibited across the country, except at duty-free shops at the airport.

According to an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on January 22, 2015, the sale of alcohol is prohibited on five specific religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha Day, Khao Pansa and Wan Org Pansa.

Laguna Golf Phuket

Under the order, anyone caught breaking the ban faces a prison sentence of up to six months, a B10,000 fine or both.

Asarnha Bucha day 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 candlelit processions called wien tien at temples across the country. Visitors are welcome to respectfully join the event.

Buddhist Lent day, or Khao Phansa Day, 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.

 

The Class Act Media office will be open on Asarnha Bucha Day tomorrow (July 16) and Khao Pansa Day on Wednesday (July 17).

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Thai airways reports loss of 122% in Q2

R2. please google "Waldorf school/Name dancing",you can learn something!...(Read More)


New Phoenix owner aims to restore wreck, return it to the sea

Interesting to see the helm, where the Captain was at the controls before he realized that he REALLY...(Read More)


Chinese tourist rescued from surf by Patong lifeguards

R2, how do you know what the life guards did and did not do? Were you there? Jeesh...,....(Read More)


Saving the elephant

How does the horse feel about having a steel bit forced into its mouth, tied up in leather straps, w...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Click to end the outdated TM30

Re: "my Thai wife and her wonderful family", and you subject them to your constant dispara...(Read More)


Thai airways reports loss of 122% in Q2

Editor, please spare us from some of these incessant, non-sensical ramblings. That is the meaning of...(Read More)


Saving the elephant

I don't even use bits on my ponies so I can agree the west has a long way to go on, er reining ...(Read More)


Thai airways reports loss of 122% in Q2

"Reg.:"What is their educational and experience back "round""[sic]You know ...(Read More)


Thai airways reports loss of 122% in Q2

Pascale, 2 types of air crafts is a suggestion. More types means less flexible cockpit crew planning...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

" let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" Mr Winfield, you must be a sain...(Read More)