Something Different for Songkran 2024?

Something Different for Songkran 2024?

Thailand May Be Celebrating Songkran for a Month

Something Different for Songkran 2024?

After three years of public COVID precautions that cancelled most, if not all, Songkran celebrations, Thailand is looking forward to welcoming back the street water fights and celebrations that have become famous worldwide. Songkran will be officially held from April 13th to the 16th this year all across Thailand; at least, that’s what’s been formally announced and planned.

The holiday has become one of the must-experience rites of passage for young foreign backpackers and young Thais eager to forget the misery of the COVID pandemic. Young foreign travellers looking to cross Songkran off their bucket list are no doubt reserving plane tickets to Thailand to finally take part in the world’s biggest water fight.

This year, however, the government is planning more pageantry than has been seen before, with parades, exhibitions, and stage performances in locations in Bangkok, including the Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin, Lan Khon Mueang town square, and Sanam Luang. 

 

A Month of Songkran

The leader of the Pheu Thai party, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, is also the chairwoman of the National Soft Power Strategy Committee. The committee recently announced they are planning to hold a Songkran festival for the entire month of April. Called the “World Water Festival – The Songkran Phenomenon”, the reason for such a long Songkran celebration is to take advantage of the worldwide fame of Songkran and the increases in tourism during the festival. Thankfully, there won’t be a month-long water fight, which would exhaust most people and fray nerves nationwide. However, the country is planning to spend over five billion Baht to promote Thailand’s soft power and celebrate the listing of Songkran under UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. We’ll stay tuned to learn more about what an entire month of Songkran will include.