Thailand BANS Full Moon parties and all public entertainment during October to mourn late king 

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THAILAND’S Full Moon party has been cancelled this month – so that locals can mourn the anniversary of the king’s death.

As well as the famous beach party on Koh Phangan being scrapped, the government has ordered that no public festivities or entertainment will be permitted during the whole month.

 The Full Moon party on Koh Phangan has been cancelled this month – so locals can mourn the anniversary of the king’s death

Dan Charity – The Sun
The Full Moon party on Koh Phangan has been cancelled this month – so locals can mourn the anniversary of the king’s death

The ban comes ahead of the cremation of the country’s much-revered king, who died last year.

Entertainment venues will be allowed to operate and alcoholic drinks can be sold as usual.

But loud music and other forms of entertainment that affect public spaces will be banned on the anniversary of the king’s death on October 13 and during the cremation ceremony.

The cremation of late king Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for October 25 to 29 near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, South-East Asia’s party capital and a destination for millions of international tourists.

 The ban comes ahead of the cremation of the country’s much-revered king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year

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The ban comes ahead of the cremation of the country’s much-revered king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year

The ambiguity over what constitutes “public entertainment” has left the operators of Bangkok’s night-life somewhat in the dark though.

Similar ambiguities a year ago, when the late king died, led to some venues being told by local police to stop selling alcohol or close early while others continued their businesses as usual.

Thais have resumed wearing black this month, after life returned to normal since the monarch’s death last year, and many social media users have changed their profile pictures to black and white again.

Most television channels and websites have gone monochrome too, with entertainment programs to be replaced by documentaries on Bhumibol’s life and work from October 13 onwards.

 The government has ordered that no public festivities or entertainment will be permitted during the whole month

Louis Wood – The Sun
The government has ordered that no public festivities or entertainment will be permitted during the whole month

Tourists are asked to be “respectful” to Thai people’s feelings as they bid a final farewell to the king.

All tourist attractions remain open as usual except for the Grand Palace and the adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which will remain closed until October 29.

Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, died last October at age 88 after seven decades on the throne. He was deeply revered as a moral authority and a unifying father figure amid Thailand’s numerous coups and political conflicts.

His cremation will take place at a public square in Bangkok, where an enormous wooden funeral pyre is being erected.

A version of this story originally appeared on news.com.au.

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