The government on Tuesday approved eight special holidays for 2021 to help stimulate tourism, Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem said.
Lunar New Year or the Chinese New Year which falls on February 12, has been recognized for the first time as a public holiday.
Additional days include April 12 (Monday) for Songkran, Jul 27 (Monday) as a substitution for Buddhist Lent day, and Prince Mahidol day on September 24.
Meanwhile, Chulalongkorn Day which falls on Saturday, Oct 23 is moved to Friday Oct 22 from Monday Oct 25 to allow for a long weekend.
The Cabinet also approved regional public holidays such as May 10 for Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival) day in the Northeast.
Additional 2021 holidays said the minister will give people a chance to spend and help boost the subdued economy.
Government deputy spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said these special holidays will only be applicable to 2021.
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