Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, three public holidays for Songkran were postponed until later in the year.
The first of the three substitute holidays took place on Monday July 27th to create a four-day weekend for King’s Birthday. The remaining two holidays will take place on Friday September 4th and Monday September 7th, creating another long weekend.
The two Songkran substitution day holidays were initially planned to be observed in August, but it was decided against in order not to detract from the Queen Sirikit birthday Mother’s Day.
The Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year’s Day and is celebrated from April 13th to April 15th.