Thailand will celebrate two public holidays in May with Royal Ploughing Day on Thursday, May 9, and Visakha Bucha Day on Saturday, May 18. Government offices will be closed for Royal Ploughing Day and will observe Visakha Bucha Day on Monday, May 20. Other disruptions to commercial activity are likely and some consulates may also close. Additionally, the sale of alcohol will be banned on May 18.
Royal Ploughing Day is a Thai holiday celebrating the beginning of the rice growing season. A ceremony is held in which a rice is ritualistically planted to officially begin the season.
Visakha Bucha Day, also called Vesak Day, is celebrated by Buddhists to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Buddha. Approximately 95 percent of Thailand's population is Buddhist.
Individuals in Thailand are advised to respect local customs and laws, anticipate government and business disruptions during the holidays, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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