Songkran comes to a close for another year

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After 9 days of water throwing fun for many, madness for others, the annual festivities come to a close today and tomorrow. Beach Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19 for the finale of Pattaya’s Songkran celebration, as tens of thousands of people celebrate the Thai New Year. Sidestreets leading to Beach Road will also be closed to traffic. Second Road will be as normal, but likely gridlocked. Police and support volunteers will be stationed around town to keep things from getting too rowdy and lend aid to people in need.
After 9 days of water throwing fun for many, madness for others, the annual festivities come to a close today and tomorrow. Beach Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19 for the finale of Pattaya’s Songkran celebration, as tens of thousands of people celebrate the Thai New Year. Sidestreets leading to Beach Road will also be closed to traffic. Second Road will be as normal, but likely gridlocked. Police and support volunteers will be stationed around town to keep things from getting too rowdy and lend aid to people in need.

Naklua Rice festival tomorrow, April 20

After 9 days of water throwing fun for many, madness for others, the annual festivities come to a close today and tomorrow.

Today, April 19, is the final day of Pattaya’s Songkran celebrations. It begins with official ceremonies at Chaimongkol Temple. Alms offerings is set for 7:30 a.m. with the elderly blessing ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and a cultural show kicking off at 9 a.m. featuring dancing and traditional games.

Pattaya’s Songkran parade sets off at noon along Second Road, Central Road and back along Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier before returning to the temple.

Of course, the entire route will be inundated with water as Songkran draws to a close. Pattaya officials reminded revelers that powder and chalk is not permitted, nor are high-power water guns. Water-throwing should stop at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow, April 20, the Rice Festival in Naklua, with no water throwing, officially brings the mid-April events to a close.

Songkran ends this weekend.
Songkran ends this weekend.

The day begins at noon with sports contests, including Muay Thai boxing, slingshots and oily-post climbing.

The rice ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a “ghost parade” and country music concerts.

Another rice festival also will be held at Nong Yai Temple at 6:30 p.m. (PCPR)