Songkran festivities may be allowed without water splashing

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Songkran festivities may be allowed this year, but without water splashing. This will, however, have to be proposed to and sanctioned by the CCSA first.

The Secretary General of the National Security Council, General Nataphol Nakpanich, revealed details of the “new-normal” Songkran festivities today.

This came after a meeting with the Ministries of Culture, Public Health and Tourism and Sports over the details, which will be proposed to the CCSA sub-committee tomorrow (Thursday), and the main committee next Friday (March 19th).

The suggestions include allowing some activities, such as Rod Nam Dum Hua (pouring water on the hands of elders and ask for a blessing) and Song Nam Phra (pouring water over Buddha images), where such activities require people to wear facemasks.

General water splashing may not be allowed, including popular celebrations on Khao Sarn Road, as it may increase the risk of transmitting coronavirus. This will, however, depend on the Public Health Ministry.

When being asked by reporters about concerns over people travelling back home, General Nataphol said that he has no concerns at the moment, as Thai people have given full cooperation in complying with COVID-19 preventive measures.


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