Today, October 10th, marks the end of the Buddhist Lent and the end of rainy season in Thailand.
The day, which is also observed as a Buddhist holiday, was recognized as the end of three-month retreats for Buddhist monks which allows them to leave the temple and travel to spread the teachings after staying in the Buddhist temples during the Buddhist Lent since July.
Thai Buddhists would traditionally make merit at local temples as well as offerings to the monks to celebrate the Buddhist holiday. Five major Buddhist precepts are also practiced on the day. Monks also conduct ‘Paravana’ which allows them to make resolutions and seek forgiveness from the believers for any offenses made during Lent.
Similar to other major Buddhist public holidays, a ban on the sale of alcohol in stores and restaurants is implemented for 24 hours, as well as the closure of all pubs and bars in the country.
A hefty fine of 10,000 baht or imprisonment for up to six months or both will be charged against those who violated.
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