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A full moon party goer | © Joe Stump/Flickr
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Thailand Bans Public Parties for Entire Month of October

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Updated: 10 October 2017
Thailand’s world-famous full moon parties, as well as other public festivities and revelry, have been cancelled for the month of October in the lead up to the cremation of the revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The move has been made in order to give locals time to mourn and pay their respects to their beloved king.

What’s been happening?

Thailand has been observing a one year mourning period after the king passed away on October 13 last year. Since then, his body has been lying in state in Bangkok’s Grand Palace, where thousands of people have been coming to mourn and pay their respects every day. The “father of the Thai people” will finally be put to rest during a majestic $90 million funeral, which will span five days, from October 25 to 29.

The Thai government has banned all forms of “public entertainment”, but business owners and patrons alike have been left in the dark as confusion looms about what is and what is not allowed or deemed appropriate. Last year during the month of mourning directly after the king passed, similar confusion and ambiguities resulted in some businesses operating as usual while others closed their doors.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX