To welcome the Year of the Horse, Deputy Bangkok Governor Phussadee Tamthai announced that the Samphanthawong District Office was collaborating with communities in the Yaowarat area to organize the annual Chinese New Year celebrations during January 31-February 1. She said Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was scheduled to preside over the opening ceremony at the Chinatown Gate and the attendants would have an opportunity to sign well-wishing books for Their Majesties the King and Queen as well.
On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese ambassador to Thailand will bring a series of folk dances and musical performances from Hunan and Guangdong provinces as New Year gifts for Thai people. Moreover, visitors can join concerts by famous artists, enjoy the sight of thousands of Chinese lanterns lining Yaowarat Road and partake in various activities, such as face painting and mask decorating. A total of 9 baht-weight of gold will also be given away to lucky winners throughout the two-day event.
Yaowarat Road and others nearby will be closed from 10 pm of January 29 until 4 pm of February 2. Motorists are advised to avoid the area while those coming to celebrate Chinese New Year are encouraged to use public transportation.
The “Chinese New Year at Yaowarat” festival is the largest of its kind in Thailand and has been held for 20 years. It also reflects the long-standing friendship between Thailand and China.