Alcohol Sales Banned for End of Buddhist Lent This Upcoming Sunday

Thailand –

The end of Buddhist Lent this year will be on Sunday, October 29th when alcohol sales will be banned nationwide for 24 hours.

The End of Buddhist Lent also called “Awk Phansa” in Thai falls on the 15th day of the 11th waxing moon. The day marks the end of the rainy season for monks who will end their three-month retreats.

Alcohol sales will be banned for 24 hours nationwide at the end of Buddhist Lent except at duty-free shops at international airports according to the Alcohol Control Act. Anyone who breaks the law will be fined up to 10,000 baht or imprisoned for up to six months or both.

The end of Buddhist Lent is one of the five major Buddhist Days which are Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha and Khao Pansa (Beginning of Buddhist Lent).

The official ban is from midnight to midnight, which would run from Saturday night, the 28th, to Sunday night the 29th/Monday morning.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The TPN National News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.