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The Thai new year of Songkran is being extended to 6 days of water fights according to the Cabinet after approving the holiday to run from April 10 to 15. Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome says details of the holiday will be sent to the Centre For Covid-19 Situation Administration for approval as he says Songkran participants will probably be allowed to take part in the water fight activities after daily reported Covid cases in the Kingdom have dropped to double-digits.

The culture minister says there is talk of setting up so-called “water play” areas that would allow the water fights and splashes to go on with a Covid-19 check-in at the entrance. The Pattaya News says face shields, goggles and raincoats could be required in the splash zones, but the idea is still being discussed.

The “water play” zones are likely to be set up in areas with major events with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha noting that people will need to abide by social distancing rules during the festival.

Itthiphol said the government is paying more attention to the number of people at event venues, and will find a balance between helping the economy and the prevention of new clusters of Covid-19 which could spread the disease in communities.

Late last year, the Thai Cabinet added 8 holidays to the 2021 calendar, including an extra day for Songkran. The move was part of an effort to promote domestic tourism and stimulate the economy which was battered by the pandemic.

A government spokesperson confirmed the additional holidays with the Associated Press. The Cabinet set 4 national holidays and 4 regional holidays detailed below:

  • Friday, February 12 for the Chinese New Year
  • Monday, April 12, adding a day to Songkran holiday from April 13-15
  • Tuesday, July 27 for substitution day for Buddhist Lent
  • Friday, September 24 to celebrate Mahidol Day which is in remembrance of Prince of Songkhla, Mahidol Adulyadej

Regional holidays

  • Friday, March 26 for Wai Phra That (Northern Thailand)
  • Monday, May 10 for Bun Bang Fai, known as the Rocket Festival (Northeastern Thailand)
  • Wednesday, October 6 for Sart Thai, a festival held on the 10th lunar month (Southern Thailand)
  • Thursday, October 21 for the End of Buddhist Lent (Central Thailand)

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Craig

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Ugh. Now I have to avoid the crowds for even more days. Songkran was fun the 1st time.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Amazing that reporters seem completely unaware that Songkran is the time when Thais return to their home provinces to see their families, so the extended Songkran holiday will mean mass travel as much as it will “water fights”.

    On second thoughts, not really amazing at all …

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    Fred glue

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:45 am

    It does not concern you IJ, your inside 24/7. Your just having your normal day. Leave the young Thai people alone. You just hate people having fun. Your in the wrong country IJ. Go back home.

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    funny coz its true

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Avoiding like the plague.

    “culture”

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    Steven C

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Most people know Songkran is a time when Thais return to their home provinces, mass travel is the obvious knock on effect. And the point is……..?

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    Buster Hymen

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Extend the killing period on the roads, that’s brilliant thinking once again. Its no wonder Thailand leads the world in deaths from autos/motorbikes. About the only positive from this is without the foreign tourists you won’t have to put up with their stupidity as they try to be Thai like in celebrating Songkran.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    FWIW, BH, the holiday is obviously effectively from Saturday 10 April to Sunday 18 April inclusive, so nine “dangerous days” rather than the normal seven.

    While it may not reduce the death toll, that may reduce some of the jams as some people may not need to travel after work on Friday returning late on Sunday / early Monday.

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