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PM conducts Songkran rite ahead of 'dry' festival next month


Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha held a Songkran rite at Government House on Tuesday ahead of the actual festival on April 13-15.

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“Today I poured water on a Buddha image protected by a nine-headed Naga, which signifies protection of the country,” said Prayut. “I also prayed for all Thais to be happy and good members of society, and that the members of the Cabinet can work together to solve problems.”

PM conducts Songkran rite ahead of 'dry' festival next month

Prayut performed the Songkran activity after participating in a group photo with his new Cabinet in front of Government House. The traditional bathing of the Buddha image also promoted the government’s “New Normal Songkran” campaign for Covid-safe celebrations and no water-splashing this year.

PM conducts Songkran rite ahead of 'dry' festival next month

The official celebrations will be held at the Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station in Bangkok on April 13-15. The ban on water-splashing marks Thailand’s second “dry” Songkran in two years, though traditional practices like sprinkling elders and Buddha statues with water are still permitted.

PM conducts Songkran rite ahead of 'dry' festival next month

PM conducts Songkran rite ahead of 'dry' festival next month

Photos: https://www.thaigov.go.th/

Published : March 30, 2021

By : THE NATION