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No splashing at Songkran, traditional activities must follow disease control measures – CCSA

Tanutam Thawan

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No splashing or water gun fights will be allowed during next month’s Songkran festivities celebrating the Thai New Year. In the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting today chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, officials decided to prohibit water splashing and foam parties as well as other close contact activities like the powdering of faces with chalk. They say the restriction’s on Thailand’s most popular holiday is an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Traditional activities will still be allowed, as long as people abide by strict disease control measures, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA daily update in English. He says specific details on the restrictions will be announced at a later date.

“Instead, Songkran activities this year will focus on the traditional aspects of the festival such as merit making, such as sprinkling water on Buddha statues, pouring water on the palms, on the hands of the elderly… and asking for their blessings.”

 

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    Bill

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Covid!!! The least deadly pandemic in history.

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    J West

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I’ll bet the guys who own multiple properties on Khao San and Walking Streets , the Southern Island Taxi Mafia big-wigs etc aren’t celebrating the news. Thailand is slowly eliminating farang influence, and bad habits, from border runs, long stay visas, to water splashing, and why not, it’s their country.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    So just an extended 9 day holiday for Thais to go home to see their families after a year of sporadic and self-imposed travel restrictions.

    All things considered, probably a wise move.

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    Craig

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    And I agree with JWest. Farang seem to be angry, retired white males who really haven’t or refuse to adapt to the culture here. I find them embarrassing and have probably been placed in that category by Thais here. I’ve made many poor judgements in life but still retired here at the age of 50. My fault for thinking angry, old, white men would also come here. Worse if they’re selling the gospel.

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    Ian

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Thailand is dieing Mr west and Craig without the farang if that’s what you want enjoy the spoils we will enjoy Vietnam philipines Cambodia, Thailand are playing a game now with farangs and the stakes are massive if it wasn’t for the girls Thailand would be dead already they are the pull for many farangs not all but many ,kill the golden goose kill Thailand as a holiday hotspot for millions and it’s hello and good morning Vietnam

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    Manu

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:58 am

    J West: “Thailand is slowly eliminating farang influence…”

    What on earth are you talking about?? The coronavirus sars-cov-2 is responsible of the current situation and decisions, nothing else although it is obvious that it is what you would like to happen, not “Thailand” … as if ALL Thais had the same united opinion on that subject anyway and since you live in Thailand, surely you know that.

    Also I find it amazing that you (and a few others) are constantly putting ALL farangs in the same bag: there is no such thing as “Farangland”, we all come from different countries of different continents with each our own values, culture and differences.

    J West, “farang” influence are not “border runs, long stay visas or water splash” – if you should worry about any “farang” influence, perhaps you should worry that Thai people do their shopping every 5 meters in a 7/11, that Thai people eating more and more at McDonalds and KFC (with the “farang” size that eventually goes with it), drinking their coffee at Starbucks, spending hours every day on facebook, the youth of Thailand wearing the same stupid Nike baseball cap and sneakers, etc… etc… If Thailand should “eliminate (any) farang influence” as you say, this should be it!!

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    Craig

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Thanks. Those are all beautiful places.

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    J West

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Manu, I mostly agree with you. However, the newly affluent Thai have a slightly different vision for the future. Thai often vent over the forced intrusion of western influences displacing tradition .

    They like the social and financial benefits of going shopping abroad, brought by western business and educations, and…. being able to have a B1500 a month illiterate Issan maid to kick around at home….all on a salary that wouldn’t fund a weekend spa getaway in Virginia. Farang are a great source of frustration for some who must compare and come up short. Expect more scapegoating with frustrations increasing.

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    Manu

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Who are “thry”? We are not on the same page…

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