Covid Cupid Shoots Down Thailand Valentine's Day Marriages
Umer Jamshaid 14 days ago Wed 10th February 2021 | 11:20 AM
Bangkok, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Feb, 2021 ) :Lovers across Bangkok will be heartbroken come Valentine's Day, with city officials declaring Wednesday that all of the Thai capital's 50 districts will be banned from issuing marriage licenses.
The holiday, immensely popular across the kingdom, is also typically considered an auspicious day for couples to tie the knot resulting in large queues at marriage registration offices across the city.
The most popular district is Bang Rak which translates as "district of love" in Thai.
But the hopes of eager-to-wed couples have been dashed.
Last year, Bang Rak district had scores of couples dressed in matching outfits or formal wear lining up before dawn to register for licenses, helped by pink-shirted civil servants wearing "love" headbands.
Little fanfare has been made among the city's malls and businesses compared to previous years, though that hasn't stopped some restaurants for punting out Valentine's Day-themed meal offerings.
This has led to a partial lockdown in Bangkok, with authorities banning bars and alcohol sales in restaurants.