Chonburi announces plans for Songkran celebration


Chonburi will mark its 81st organized Songkran celebration April 11-19, celebrating the Thai New Year along with the ceremonies to honor the province’s most-important Buddha statue.

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai outlined this year’s schedule March 12, saying the festival celebrates the traditional activities of the Thai New Year and the “Phra Puttha Sihing” worshipping ceremony. It also will raise funds for the Chonburi Red Cross.

In honoring the golden Buddha in front of Chonburi City Hall, devotees will bathe the statue in water and pray. For Songkran, festivities will include art exhibitions, a Songkran parade, Miss Songkran pageant, sports competitions, sales of locally made products, Chinese movies, and concerts every night.

Concerts will feature artists Jintra Poonlap, Bangkaew, Ying Thittkarn, Kathleeya Marsree, Pol Pol, Carabao Super Valentine and Buaphan.