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No Valentine’s Day marriage licenses will be issued in Bangkok due to Covid-19

Caitlin Ashworth

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Couples in Bangkok wishing to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day will have to wait. Bangkok officials have banned the issuing of marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day in all 50 districts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the holiday.

District offices are packed every year on February 14 with hundreds of couples queuing up to get marriage licenses, especially in the Bang Rak district which is Thai for the “district of love.” Last year, at 7am Valentine’s Day morning, more than 200 couples were already at the Bang Rak office.

The Public Relations Department recently made an announcement on Twitter that Bangkok will not be issuing the marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day.

“Bangkok’s 50 district offices will refrain from providing marriage license registration service on this Valentine’s Day… The cancellation aims to prevent the spread of #Covid19.”

In Ayutthaya, the Bang Na district office is also popular for Valentine’s Day marriages because the first Western-style wedding was in the district. In 1918, Prince Prajadhipok Sakdidej and Princess Rambhai Barni Swastiwat were the first Thai couple say “I do” and exchange rings.

The Bang Na district office will be open. The staff decorated the office with pink fabric and red hearts. Couples will even get a memorable gift.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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    Kuhn David

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Yes well these covid Nazis are determined not to allow anyone to gain any pleasure from life.
    Is it really possible that they cannot marry a few hundred couples in a safe way that will not endanger them to covid?
    I don’t think so.
    These Thai uniformed petty officials revel in saying NO.
    If they were not working in marriage offices they would be car parking attendants, where they can again say NO.
    Pathetic peasants.

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      vic

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

      Absolutely agree.
      Give a Thai a bit of power and you’ll have a Nazist saying no to everything.

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Covid-19: all BULL SHYTE!!! I’VE NOT BELIEVED A WORD OF IT SINCE IT BEGAN LAST JANUARY 2020!!! it’s the ‘flu’ everyone…a stronger strain of the Flu!!! Last March, I suffered from headaches, blocked sinuses, sore throat and ear-ache…for 2 week’s!! i didn’t stop work and just went to the pharmacy… paracetamol, Ibuprofen and anti-hystamine! SELF MEDICATE and just keep calm and carry on!!

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      Fred glue

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:40 am

      You would give a aspro a headache,,,🤪

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:37 am

    1 day marriage ban may save some heartache for those getting married on the spur of moment or a whim. Yep, we’re celebrating our 14th year anniversary Feb. 14th!

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    Strider

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:46 am

    My, my…the intellectuals are out in force today.

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Doctors, scientists, professors, they are all on this forum, however despite their brilliance some prefer to live in academic solitude in Isaan.
      Luckily we have the internet to read their words of wisdom.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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