Songkran clampdown, no fun allowed this year

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Songkran celebration in 2017 is still allowed but in the traditional way only with ‘No powder, No water guns, No Sexy Dress, No Booze.’

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) says Khao San road will still open to Songkran festival celebrants to enjoy  splashing water, but there will be no entertainment activities, and no playing with wet white powder or pasty substance.

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BMA’s Phra Nakorn district chief officer Suppakit Boonkhan said that the Khaosan Road Business Association has recently asked for guidelines and instructions from the district office about this year’s Songkran festival celebration.

He said the office then advised it that business operators on Khao San road can hold the water festival but in the Thai traditional way and celebrate the water festival appropriately as the country is still in the mourning period.

They were asked not to hold Songkran beauty pageant contest, all entertainment activities, and playing music.

But alms giving ceremony to monks is allowed to continue, as well as water pouring on Buddha image, and traditional water splashing.

Business operators were told not to play loud music, while celebrants not to hold dancing, no water gunfighting as this year the BMA would like the Songkran festival here to be held the theme of four No’s “No powder, No water guns, No Sexy Dress, and No Alcohol.”

-ThaiPBS

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