Thailand Declares July 25-28 Songkran Public Holidays
Source:Thai News Agency (Bangkok)
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Updated: Friday, September 25, 2020
Thailand’s government spokeswoman, Narumon Pinyosinwat, has announced that the Thai cabinet had declared Monday, July 27, 2020, as a one-off bridge public holiday 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").
Recall that, earlier this year (2020-03-16), the government of Thailand postponed to a later, unspecified date, the April 13-15 Songkran Thai public holidays, 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.
Finally, last week (2020-06-23), 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 ("the two extra religious holidays, on July 6 and 7, were proposed by the prime minister's secretariat").
As always, in Thailand, the observance of public holidays depends if one is working for the public sector, the private sector, or the banking sector. As mentioned by the Bangkok Post: "the two four-day weekends in July are official holidays for public offices only. Banks, stock markets and financial institutions normally use the calendar announced by the Bank of Thailand. For the private sector, the holidays may vary. For example, most companies have designated July 4-6 for the first long holiday of the month".
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