The bars in Thailand all close tonight at midnight as Thais celebrate the holiest of all Buddha days, Visakha Bucha Day.
There will be a 24 hour hour ban on selling alcohol in all bars, shops and convenience stores throughout the country. So stock up this evening for a quiet day indoors tomorrow.
Visakha Bucha Day is a time when the devout visit local temples to “make merit,” by giving donations and engaging in various rituals.
While there, they also listen to sermons on Buddha’s teachings, meditate, recommit themselves to follow the precepts of Buddhism, and offer food to temple workers.
Some also set birds or fish free as a means of eliminating “negative karma”.
Thai law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages on Visakha Bucha Day, which causes many bars to close temporarily.
Many of celebrations are private and religious, but tourists are allowed to visit most of the many temples of Thailand.
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