New Year to Begin With Four-Day Weekend, Cabinet Announces

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BANGKOK — Begin 2017 with a four-day weekend thanks to the interim cabinet, which Tuesday added two more days to the New Year holidays.

Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, a Monday and Tuesday, were added as public holidays to follow on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, according to the government spokeswoman Col. Taksada Sangkachan.

The cabinet also announced that National Day, celebrated Dec. 5 on the birthday of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol, will remain a public holiday but be renamed to commemorate his birthday.

King Bhumibol died on Oct. 13 at 88.