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Alcohol sales prohibited on Makha Bucha Day

By The Phuket News

 

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Devout Buddhists taking part in the Makha Bucha candle procession. Photo: John Shedrick

 

PHUKET:-- All government offices will be closed this coming Tuesday (Feb 19) as Thais all across the country celebrate Makha Bucha day. The sale of alcohol is banned by law on this day.

 

Makha Bucha is a Buddhist holiday which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year.

 

The event marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first major sermon. On the full moon of the third lunar month, seven months after the Lord Buddha began his teachings when 1,250 monks came together, with no prior arrangement to hear Buddha preach, Buddha ordained these monks and passed to them the basic principles of Buddhism: to eschew all evil, to do only what is good, and to cleanse the mind, along with other teachings which marked a key event in the development of the religion.

 

Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/alcohol-sales-prohibited-on-makha-bucha-day-70387.php#eflF0SCvOQ7VWJBv.97

 

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For some, days like these are the highlight of the year. They allow them to mount their high horse and feel better than everyone else.

So get ready for the "if ya can't go without for a day" brigade

 

And before you allow your pomposity to run wild, I rarely drink (But go for it when I do)

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10 hours ago, dcnx said:

Mom and pop shops are always exempt. No worries and everyone knows it. 

Just another directive from the Ministry of Silly Directives who also put out closing schools in Chiang Mai because of the smoke. 🍻

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13 hours ago, rkidlad said:

I won’t be refraining from drinking this holiday, but I shall refrain from any form of corruption. And not just for this holiday, for every day of the year. 

 

Aren’t I a good atheist....

I see your point. These celebrations of the faithful unfortunately are ignored by those who pick and choose which tenants they adhere to.

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Hotels always sell beer. Sure it is more expensive but it depends how badly you need one or how bored you are.

As has been said this is a non-thread as it happens every year and there are ways around the ban on purchasing. As have been stated in preceding posts.

If you have and are well known at your "local" and they have an electronic register just but your beers on Monday and consume on Tuesday. I have done this before for a group of 20 or so...

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Blanket ban on beer because of a Buddhist holiday in a country that is supposedly open to all. The hypocrisy. The real reason for these bans is because they don't want the locals to gather round, have a few bevies and then start talking about the problems in the country. That's my view.

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