Gov’t Proposes Postponing All May Holidays

Visitors crowd Bang Saen Beach in Chonburi on 2019's May Day holiday.

UPDATE: The government on April 28, 2020, rejected the proposal.

BANGKOK — Prepare to say goodbye to all holidays next month. 

Media reports on Monday said a government meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed to postpone all May holidays until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The issue will be debated and formally decided at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting. 



If approved, the measure would apply to the National Labor Day on May 1, Coronation Day on May 4, Visakha Bucha on May 6, and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony on May 11. 

Songkran celebrations in April had also been indefinitely scrapped. Government officials said the holiday had to be postponed in order to deter traveling and large gatherings.

Correction: A previous version of this article identified May 5 as the Coronation Day. In fact, it is May 4.