Thailand has started planning for the big splash. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to hold discussions next week with the Culture and Interior ministries as well as the private sector, on the organisation of this year’s Songkran festivities throughout the country, TAT governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool, said on Wednesday.
She said the meeting would explore the formats, venues, and suitable budget for the “Maha Songkran World Water Festival 2024” campaign, adding that the target is to secure more tourism income than during the Songkran Festival in 2019, before the pandemic.
Thai New Year or Songkran is the Thai New Year's national holiday. Songkran is on 13 April every year, but the holiday period extends from 14 to 15 April. In some provinces for an additional 7 days.
Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this ‘water splashing’ festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. Although getting well and truly soaked is what makes this festival so famous.
Don't forget that if you want to celebrate Songkran in Thailand, you need to book early.
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