Bangkok officials campaign for dry, sober Songkran

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has encouraged Songkran celebrants to refrain from two components that are key to the modern celebration of Songkran — booze and water.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Pusadee Tamthai said the city will still hold Songkran parties citywide, but it will encourage celebrants to refrain from drinking, nudity, use of high-pressure water guns and use of talcum powder — basically, every “nontraditional” addition to the modern Songkran festival.

Besides cutting the festival to three days due to chronic water shortage, the city is also encouraging celebrants to help…Read more

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