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Thailand Approves July 4-7 Songkran Public Holidays

Source: Thai News Agency (Bangkok)
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: November 4, 2021

Thailand’s Culture Minister, Itthiphol Kunplome, speaking after today's cabinet meeting, 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 ("the two extra religious holidays, on July 6 and 7, were proposed by the prime minister's secretariat").

Earlier this year, after briefly entertaining the notion of extending the 2020 Songkra public holidays of Thailand (2020-02-18), as had been done for the preceding 2 years (2019-02-13, 2019-01-30 and 2018-02-27), Thailand announced that the April 13-15 Songkran Thai public holidays, would be postponed to a later, unspecified date (2020-03-16), thus amending the previously-released list of 2020 public holidays in Thailand (2019-07-31).

A later recommendation by Thailand's Government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), that the May 2020 public holidays also be postponed (2020-04-27), was rejected by Thailand's Cabinet (2020-04-28).

Then, earlier this month (2020-06-02), Thailand’s Ministry of Culture proposed that the previously-postponed April 2020 Songkran Thai public holidays, be observed in July 2020, either from July 4-9, in conjunction with the Asarnha Bucha holidays, or later in the month, near the July 28 date for the public holiday marking the birthday of King Wachir Rongkorn.

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