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Thailand Adds November-December 2020 Public Holidays

Source: Thai News Agency (Bangkok)
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: November 4, 2021

Thailand’s government cabinet has approved additional public holidays in November and December 2020, at the suggestion of Thailand's Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, who stated, when presenting his proposal to members of the cabinet, that "he hoped the long holidays would help spur domestic tourism and the economy".

As per the aforementioned announcement, Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20, 2020, were declared as additional public holidays in Thailand, while the expected day in lieu public holiday on December 7 was moved to December 11, 2020.

Today's decision stems, in part, from last spring's (2020-03-16) decision by the government of Thailand to postpone to a later, unspecified date, the April 13-15 Songkran Thai public holidays already announced for 2020 (2019-07-31).

Since then, these 3 canceled public holidays dates were compensated, and then some.

In June (2020-06-23 and 2020-06-02), Thailand’s Culture Minister, Itthiphol Kunplome announced that there would be extra public holidays for Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent, thus creating a 4-day weekend in Thailand from July 4-7, 2020, and that same month (2020-06-30), the Thai cabinet also declared Monday, July 27, 2020, as a one-off bridge public holiday.

Most recently (2020-08-13), Thailand’s government cabinet approved the declaration of Friday and Monday, September 4 and 7, 2020, as one-off bridge public holidays in Thailand to compensate one of the Songkran public holidays canceled last spring due to Covid-19 ("The extra day off will give people in Thailand four public holidays, from Saturday July 25th until July 28th which is His Majesty the King’s birthday").

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