BANGKOK — It’s Songkran and people across the country are celebrating the traditional New Year in different styles. We take a look at how each province enjoys the festivities.
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Despite the heat, Chiang Mai locals enjoyed splashing water with tourists Friday morning, as they wore their national costumes and strolled around the city’s moat. Among them was former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who tagged along her son to join the fun on Tha Phae Road.
Heading south to Chumphon, people gathered to from Thursday afternoon to have fun splashing water and to indulge in white foam along Suksamur Road. Traditional performances and concerts also took place at the venue.
Tourists and locals gathered Thursday at Wat Pho Chai in Muang, the northeastern province of Nong Khai to pay respect to Luangpho Phra Sai, the sacred buddha image. During a procession around the temple, people sprinkled water onto the buddha image under heavy rain.
Apart from paying respects and showering the memorial statue of historic heroine Thao Suranari with water, people – especially children – in Korat also sought sanctuary from the heat in the Thao Suranari Garden fountain.
The festival began early in Soi Bangla, the heart of nightlife in Patong Beach with hundreds of tourists and locals enjoying the water-splashing since Wednesday afternoon. Apart from the fun, there were also religious and cultural activities to join along with a beauty contest to watch.
Saneha Nusorn Road in Hat Yai was closed only for water-splashing purposes and drew hundreds of people since Thursday morning. The party will resume until midnight. Some people enjoyed riding around town to revel in the splash. Although it’s illegal, many people were spotted riding on the back of trucks.
The eastern provinces started water splashing Wednesday night on Khao Tip Road which was crowded by teenagers and tourists. The road was made an alcohol-free zone but the use of powder and water guns were allowed.