Songkran Festival canceled in Thailand in 2021
According to THE STRAITS TIMES, Thailand ordered the closure of entertainment venues, including pubs and bars, in some areas of the nation's capital for two weeks to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections ahead of the Thai New Year holiday.
A total of 196 night-entertainment venues spread over three districts in the capital city will remain closed from April 6 through April 19, Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang said. The shutdown may be extended if the outbreak doesn't ease in two weeks, he said.
Thailand has lifted most of its strictest containment measures after an outbreak wave that started in December eased. The fresh curbs come ahead of the peak travel and celebration period, known locally as the Songkran Festival.
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According to BANGKOK FOODIE, Songkran Festival normally takes place from April 13 to 15 to celebrate Thai New Year. The festival draws hundreds and thousands of crowds from all over the world each year.
Crowds would flock the streets of Thailand, engaging in water fights, and spraying water guns. Known as the world’s biggest water fight, people will even blast water from pick-up trucks and elephants.
“Water splashing will not happen this Songkran. We must ask you to cooperate with us,” Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand’s COVID-19 task force, told a briefing.