Prime minister asks Songkran revelers to be mindful of cultural heritage and family bond

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BANGKOK, 9 April 2015 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is encouraging the public to preserve old traditions and promote family activities during the Songkran festival this year.

In his message to the public on the occasion of the annual Songkran festival, General Prayut indicated that Songkran was an important period when family members are afforded the opportunity to get together for activities such as alms-making, Buddha image bathing, listening to religious sermons, seeking blessings from seniors and water splashing. These activities invariably strengthen relations between family members as well as create peace of mind for each individual.

The prime minister indicated that the government has a policy of preserving, restoring and propagating Thai cultural heritage, which would provide the tourism sector with a sustainable selling point. Members of the public are urged to carry out each Songkran activity politely, don appropriate clothes and be mindful of the safety of others and themselves.

On this occasion, Gen. Prayut also wished everybody happiness and prosperity