Visitors enjoy Muang Boran in Samut Prakan, after it reopened to tourists from June 1 as the government eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
The cabinet on Tuesday approved extra public holidays for Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent, making a 4-day weekend from July 4-7.
As Saturday July 4 is Asarnha Bucha Day and July 5 marks Buddhist Lent, the cabinet approved the two extra holidays to mark these two important days, said Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome.
However, most calendars show Buddhist Lent (Khao Phansa) on Monday.
Substitute days for the cancelled Songkran break have not yet been used, the minister said.
“Therefore, the 3-day Songkran holiday is still to come. The prime minister wants to see the evaluation of the Covid-19 situation first, and will consider other recovery projects.
"After this, the prime minister will give guidelines for use in considering additional public holidays, taking into consideration those recovery projects and use of a 400-billion-baht budget to stimulate the economy, especially domestic tourism,’’ Mr Itthiphol said.
Compensation days for Songkran may be scheduled in August or September, he said.
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cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
cancellation : a decision to stop something that has been arranged from taking place - การยกเลิก
compensation (noun): payment for work or service -
consider : to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา
consideration : something that must be thought about when you are planning or deciding something - สิ่งที่ควรพิจารณา
evaluation : the process of thinking carefully about something before making a judgment about its value, importance, or quality - การประเมินผล
stimulate : to make something develop or become more active; to encourage something - กระตุ้น, ส่งเสริม
substitute : something that is used instead of something else - สิ่งที่เข้าแทน