BANGKOK – The annual pageant usually known as the world’s biggest water fight could be a little bit smaller this 12 months, as thought-about one among Bangkok’s famed tourist districts often known as off its celebrations to avoid clashing with preparations to crown Thailand’s new king.
Thailand celebrates Songkran, its standard new 12 months, from April 13 to 15, all through which revelers splash water on each other beneath the scorching photo voltaic.
The backpacker district of Khaosan Road in the Thai capital usually sees a free-for-all sponsored by firms in the realm that current vats of water and high-powered water weapons of every kind doable.
But with the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for May 4 to 6, the sponsored Khaosan celebrations have been often known as off, a enterprise group instructed Reuters on Wednesday.
“The authorities are preparing for the coronation and we are located right in the middle of areas involved so if we organize the usual Songkran festival it could be chaotic,” acknowledged Piyabutr Jiwaramonaikun, chairman of the Khaosan Road Business Association.
Shops there’ll preserve open as regular nevertheless they will not current limitless water refills and colored powder, as in most years, he added.
“Tourists and Thais can still conduct water fight in the area, but local businesses will not be organizing anything official,” he acknowledged.
Two native officers, speaking on state of affairs of anonymity, acknowledged the realm had been requested to not preserve Songkran festivities.
Bangkok authorities have been sprucing up the realm near Khaosan Road the place many rituals related to the coronation will occur, repainting roads and buildings, rebuilding pavements and reorganizing electrical power traces.
Preparations for the coronation, the first such event to be expert by most Thais, will begin with the gathering of holy waters from spherical Thailand on Saturday, readying for three days of ceremonies in May.
The king may be topped on May 4, with a celebration procession to watch the next day, sooner than he meets most of the people and worldwide dignitaries on May 6.
“There will be fewer people this year for Songkran, but the coronation is a major event for the Thai people and we all must make sacrifices,” Piyabutr acknowledged.
Writing by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Kay Johnson and Clarence Fernandez