The official public holidays are Wednesday and Thursday, but many workplaces announced that Friday will also be a holiday, which gives everyone in Thailand a 5-day break (including Saturday and Sunday).
The holidays have no exact date but they are observed on the full moon of the eighth lunar month every year, usually in July or August each year.
During these significant religious annual holidays, people visit local temples to make merit. This practice goes back to the time when Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon over 2,500 years ago in Benares, India.
In some parts of the country, especially in Ubon Ratchatani, a Candle Festival is celebrated where they showcase Isan culture and heritage through beautiful and intricately carved candle sculptures.
All nightlife will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday nights and a 48-hour ban will be imposed on the sale of alcohol.
Government offices will also be closed and will reopen on Monday, July 18.
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