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No booze or fireworks allowed for Bangkok’s Loy Krathong celebration this year


Loy Krathong celebrations in Bangkok this year will focus on safety and eco-friendliness, the governor said. Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang told reporters on Sunday that the festival will be held on November 19 under a Covid-free setting and universal prevention measures.

The festival will be held in two main areas – under the Rama VIII Bridge in Bang Phlat district and Klong Ong Ang, which runs through Samphanthawong and Phra Nakhon districts. People can also float their krathong in 30 public parks. Security officials will be deployed across the capital.

Aswin also said that the sale and use of fireworks and sky lanterns has been prohibited, and people are being encouraged to make krathongs with natural materials in a bid to reduce the waste and help conserve the environment.

He also said all celebrations must be alcohol-free.

No booze or fireworks allowed for Bangkok’s Loy Krathong celebration this year

No booze or fireworks allowed for Bangkok’s Loy Krathong celebration this year

“The authorities are asking for cooperation from manufacturers, collectors, distributors of fireworks and floating lanterns, as well as the general public in Bangkok, to not sell, light or release fireworks, flares, any kind of lanterns or other similar objects into the air, unless authorised by the director of the area. Violators can face up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht.

“The sale or use of firecrackers of all kinds is also prohibited. Violators can face up to three months in prison and/or up to 6,000 baht in fine,” the governor warned.

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Published : November 07, 2021

By : THE NATION