Thailand’s Coronary Disease Working Group said on Friday that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country will ban the Songkran Festival, which is usually celebrated in Thai New Year, for the second year in a row.
According to reports, the Songkran Festival in Thailand is generally held from April 13th to 15th in Thai New Year. Under normal circumstances, people from all over the world will gather in multiple streets in Thailand to participate in what is known as the world’s largest water splashing war.
Thai Ministry of Public Health spokesman Tavisin said: “It is forbidden to splash water on the Songkran Festival this year. Please cooperate with us.” Tavisin said that bubble parties will also be banned, but the authorities will allow juniors to pour water on their hands. Traditional ceremonies, as well as religious activities and travel to visit relatives across provinces.
Thailand has achieved relative success in controlling COVID-19. The wave of new infections in the country in the first two months of this year has now stabilized.
Nonetheless, Thailand’s strict border controls have paralyzed the tourism industry, the number of tourists has dropped from 40 million in 2019 to 6.7 million last year, and revenue has fallen by more than 80%.