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.

QSI International School 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
Behind bras: GMS Duty Free calls for donated intimates for inmates

K,please stop your clamor.Donate one,even if it is a second hand one from your own collection....(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

This is full of rubbish! how is he given bail. And the story is one sided. ...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

"There was no steak knife involved.Moreover,they are vegetarian"!!!Uuhmm,yes.I have read m...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

And the fact that a murderer can so easily get bail.... disgusting!...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Then why did Bullman chase the wife? Clearly, it's because she was the only witness to the crim...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

All this happened at Centara hotel but the news has been twisted as it most often is to protect the ...(Read More)


Behind bras: GMS Duty Free calls for donated intimates for inmates

Just 409 female inmates? prison clothing + shackles available, but no budget for 409 bra's only?...(Read More)


Concerns raised over reef shark fishing impact on Maya Bay

The rich thai business people who own fishing boats pay their crew little to nothing ( slave labour)...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

After choking Amit, Bullman started chasing the wife. She hid in the bushes for 20 mins till he was ...(Read More)