Thai New Year to be celebrated traditional way

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This year's Songkran will focus on the traditional aspects of the festival, while other activities; such as, water splashing and powder smearing are banned.

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For this year’s Songkran, officials allow all traditional activities to be held as usual. These include religious practices and ceremonies; such as, sprinkling water on Buddha statues and pouring water onto the elderly’s palms to ask for their blessings.

Officials ban all activities that may attract large gathering of people; such as, water splashing, concerts, or any activities involving close contact between people; such as, powder smearing and foam parties.

Any traditional activities with more than 300 participants must submit a proposal seeking advance approval from the local communicable disease control office.

Any events beyond traditional activities; such as, fairs and banquets with more than 100 participants, which must only be held in outdoor event spaces, must also seek advance approval.

People are also advised to avoid parties and gatherings among people from different areas, as well as to refrain from sharing a meal for a long period of time.