Area officials ready towels as Songkran planning begins

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Songkran is only a month away and Pattaya officials have begun making preparations for official activities that don’t involve drenching everyone in sight with dirty, freezing-cold water.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and Banglamung Police Crime Suppression chief Maj. Thapana Klosuwan chaired the March 1 planning meeting at the Banglamung Station.

Among the government-sponsored activities will be an April 19 alms offering to monks at Chaimongkol Temple, flower and Buddha parade from the temple to Central Road and back, and a Thai cultural show.

It’s only a month away…It’s only a month away…

On April 18, Naklua will celebrate the wan lai festival at Lan Pho Public Park. The less manic Kong Kao ceremony will be April 20 at Nongyai Temple. There will also be entertainment, cultural shows, a Miss Songkran pageant, Buddha parade and, of course, lots and lots of water throwing.