Bangkok: Thai Government has announced that restrictions on festive celebrations and entertainment venues will be lifted and television and radio broadcasts can return to normal programming after 30 days of the mourning period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 14 November .
The announcement from the Government has been made to reassure visitors with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals will be going ahead as planned. It is also to let locals know that, while the mourning period is being respected, other areas of life will be returning to normal to avoid disruption and to enable people to make a living.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The first 30 days of the official mourning period has been the time for the Thai people in remembrance to the late King, Although there has been earlier minimal disruption to events, festivals and tourism activities, with entertainment restrictions being lifted from 14 November, visitors can feel assured that they will spend their time here, experience a warm welcome and continue with their holiday plans.”
Arrangements for nationally celebrated events including the Loi Krathong festival to be held on 14 November, Christmas celebrations and New Year countdowns, as well as the Chinese New Year celebrations will be going ahead as planned.
Local fairs and festive events; such as, walking street markets, Red Cross fairs, entertainment activities – Likay folk performance, concert and contest, and traditional ceremonies – Kathin robe offering, wedding party and Buddhist ordination ceremony – will be taking place as normal.
Hotels will be able to hold celebrations and events, including meetings and seminars, and parties. In addition, sporting fixtures will go ahead as planned. Also clubs, bars and entertainment venues will be returning to their usual opening hours according to a press release of Tourism Authority of Thailand .