Thailand cancels traditional Buddhist New Year water festival

  Thailand’s traditional annual water festival celebrating the Buddhist New Year has been called of in a bid to control the spread of the pandemic … Read more

Thailand cancels traditional Buddhist New Year water festival
Reading Time: < 1 minute  Thailand’s traditional annual water festival celebrating the Buddhist New Year has been called of in a bid to control the spread of the pandemic in the Asian country. Thais usually celebrate the Songkran, the traditional new year, between 13th to 15th April with a massive water festival in which thousands of revellers spray water in a free-for-all friendly “fight”. The splashing of water is a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the past year. More than 2,600 people have so far been confirmed as being infected with the novel coronavirus in the Asian country, with 40 people perishing since the outbreak reached the region in January. More than half of the cases have been reported in the capital, Bangkok. However, it was only last week that government issued a ban on alcohol sales to reduce social activities, shopping malls have been ordered to close except for food deliveries, while a nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am has been imposed. The traditional new year brings a flurry of activity with many Thais who now live in the capital and major cities traveling back to their home towns and villages. Read More via Reuters