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July 27 set as lieu day for Songkran

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The cabinet has approved July 27 as a substitute holiday for Songkran it postponed earlier, creating another four-day holiday next month.

Since July 28, which falls on Tuesday, is already a holiday observing His Majesty the King’s birthday, the announcement adds another day to the period, creating a long weekend from July 25-28.

Earlier, the cabinet put on hold three Songkran holidays this year at the height of the coronavirus outbreak to prevent people from travelling and spreading the disease. It has yet to assign the remaining two Songkran holidays it put on hold earlier.

State enterprises, the Bank of Thailand and the Labour Ministry will consider setting the holidays after the government made the announcement.

The other long weekend for the month is July 4-7 — Asarnha Bucha for Sunday, Buddhist Lent on Monday and lieu day for Asarnha Buch on Tuesday.  

However, the two four-day weekends in July are official holidays for public offices only. 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.

Vocabulary:

cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

lieu day : a day that an employee who has worked extra hours may take off from work, for example if they worked on a holiday -

observe (verb): to do something according to a tradition or to obey a law or rule - ปฏิบัติตาม

on hold : delayed; not happening at the expected time - หยุดไว้ชั่วคราว

private sector : businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน

state enterprise : a company or business owned and managed by the government - รัฐวิสาหกิจ

substitute : something that is used instead of something else - สิ่งที่เข้าแทน

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