Chinese New Year on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road cancelled again due to Covid-19

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Chinese New Year is expected to be celebrated on February 1 to welcome the Year of the Tiger. But with the raising Covid-19 infection rate, especially in Bangkok, the Chinese New Year event on the Yaowarat Road, known as Chinatown, is cancelled again this year. The Royal Jubilee Gate, or Odeon Gate, will still be decorated, and people are allowed to visit Chinese shrines, worship, and pay respect to their ancestors as normal.

Yaowarat Road is also famous for its Chinese New Year celebration which has always been lively, decored with lights and red Chinese-style lanterns, and packed with visitors as well as street food vendors. There are usually shows and performances throughout the day. Chinese shrines in the area also fill with visitors in red costumes, especially Thai-Chinese people who come to pray for luck and wealth.

This year, the street will still be decorated and open to visitors, but there will be no events and large ceremonies. The shrines will still be open for visitors under the Covid-19 prevention measures.

Phuket also cancelled its Chinese New Year event from February 4 to 6 due to the cases that are increasing with 383 new cases reported today. Another famous Chinese New Year event in Nakhon Sawan is still on from January 25 to February 5.

SOURCE: Khaosod | ตรุษจีนนครสวรรค์ | ตรุษจีนย้อนอดีตภูเก็ต

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