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Patong Songkran official events cancelled

Patong Songkran official events cancelled

PHUKET: All official celebrations in Patong for the Songkran Thai New Year have been cancelled to prevent and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup has confirmed.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 6 March 2020, 11:17AM


The major official Songkran events in Patong such as the ‘Songkran on the Beach’ play zone and the DJ dance party have been cancelled. Photo: Patong Municipality / file

The major official Songkran events in Patong such as the ‘Songkran on the Beach’ play zone and the DJ dance party have been cancelled. Photo: Patong Municipality / file

Traditionally, each year Patong becomes the epicentre for Songkran festivities in Phuket, with the beach resort town hosting a variety of celebration events and live entertainment performances on the beach for Thai residents and foreign tourists alike to enjoy.

This year, festivities were planned to be held each day, and night, from Saturday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 15.

However, Patong Mayor Chalermluck confirmed to The Phuket News yesterday, “This year, Patong will not hold any official Songkran festival celebration events at all.”

“We held a discussion and concluded that we will not hold an official events at all because we want to avoid all risk of COVID-19 spreading, which becomes more likely with large crowds.

“We will make an official announcement soon,” she added.

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Among the official events now cancelled are the popular sand sculpting competition, the Miss Songkran beauty pageant, Traditional Thai dance shows, live music performances by Thai stars and the electronic dance music party on the beach.

The large public merit-making events traditionally held at Loma Park in the morning during the Songkran festival holidays have also been cancelled, Mayor Chalermluck confirmed.

Mayor Chalermluck stressed that the municipality cancelling its public events did not mean there was a ban on celebrating Songkran in Patong.

“People still can enjoy their water play on Bangla Rd. We don’t have any authority to ban people playing with water during the festival. They can if they want to,’ she said.

“Please be careful when playing, be polite and safe,” Mayor Chalermluck added.

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Rorri_2 | 07 March 2020 - 11:29:59

malczx7r.. oh dear, go to the head of the list, for most useless comment.

Kurt | 07 March 2020 - 10:49:32

Full over crowded party happening at Bangla Rd? With unlimited water playing? One can't make it up. Pffff. Long live the COVID-19 virus, you can get it there.

Christy Sweet | 07 March 2020 - 10:28:34

It's my understanding "falang" is from the Portuguese, farenghi for foreigner and is a great example of how Latin influenced a SE Asian language thousands of years later from the height of the Roman empire.  

Nasa12 | 07 March 2020 - 07:33:51

Double morale cancels small Official events, but full party at Bangla we need the money.

malczx7r | 07 March 2020 - 06:54:04

Let's hope the intelligent foreigners can spell Farang and not falang!! Yep Thais replace "R" with "L" in many words, Farang Is short for frangses which was the name for French people, the "white" people which then got associated with any white skinned people! 

DeKaaskopp | 06 March 2020 - 18:46:41

"hire some intelligent farang..." I hope you are not thinking about yourself or the serial poster.That would be contra productive.

Kurt | 06 March 2020 - 14:24:03

Very good decision. Hope the Phuket Governor follows with ordering this year no water splashing!

Foot | 06 March 2020 - 13:33:47

Wow!
Thailand finally doing something!
Good for them.
I suspect there will still be much partying, but, it's a good sign when the government doesn't endorse major gatherings. 
Should write off 2020, hire some intelligent (Falang) promoters, and get ready for 2021.

 

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