City plans traditional events to offset Songkran madness

Friday, 23 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 12 By  Manoon Makpol

Songkran is only three weeks away and city officials are laying plans for another attempt at a traditional holiday celebration to compete with the annual water-fighting chaos.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon laid out the general schedule for the three-day celebration April 18-20 at Naklua’s Nan Po Public Park.

The first day will start with an offering of alms to monks at 7 a.m., followed by a Buddhist parade from Lan Po to Sawang Fah Road to the Sawang Boriboon Foundation office and back again.

With only 3 weeks to go, the city, led by Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon has begun plans for a traditional Songkran festival.With only 3 weeks to go, the city, led by Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon has begun plans for a traditional Songkran festival.

On the 19th - Pattaya’s annual “wan lai” or water-throwing celebration - more sedate festivities will begin at Chaimongkol Temple with a short parade in South Pattaya on Beach and Second Roads.

While most people will be recovering from the 19th’s insanity, officials will be back at Lan Po around mid-day on the 20th with games, Muay Thai boxing exhibitions and oily-post climbing.

Wattana again implored people to celebrate Songkran with reverence and respect for others and, especially, not use high-powered PVC pipes as water guns. He admitted, however, that efforts to outright ban the dangerous guns have been a failure.

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:42
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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:38 posted by Ali

    Does the deputy mayor plan to protect people from high power water guns during traditional events?

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