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Bangkok readies to splash out for colourful Songkran festival

As normal life has returned post COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand’s Bangkok is ready to celebrate a bright and colourful Songkran festival which runs from April 13 to 17 this year.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said local residents and tourists will be able to enjoy Songkran celebrations at nearly 200 locations around the capital, with the main attractions being Khao San Road, Silom Road, Lan Khon Muang city square, and various shopping malls.

Other main venues for celebrations include Pathum Wanaram Temple in Pathumwan district, Siam Centre, Icon Siam and all Central shopping malls.

The governor has called on all Bangkokians to wear bright floral designs to boost the festival’s bid for recognition as global cultural heritage.

Wearing Songkran-themed floral prints will help showcase the characteristics of the tradition so the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) can consider listing this festival as world heritage, he added.

UNESCO has added the Songkran festival to its tentative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage for consideration in December this year./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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