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They would change the date  of Xmas to make a few baht

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17 minutes ago, Phil McCaverty said:

And? Your point is? Its a religious festival with set dates, same as Christmas and Easter.

Set dates - Easter?

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9 minutes ago, Chassa said:

Set dates - Easter?

Yes the date for Easter is set by a calculation involving the phases of the moon an announced by the Vatican. Quite easy to do it yoiurself.

 

"Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon date, based on mathematical calculations, that falls on or after March 21. If the Full Moon is on a Sunday, Easter is celebrated on the following Sunday."

 

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html

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16 hours ago, Phil McCaverty said:

I can't see the point. Kids will be back at school, no tourists. Who exactly will be celebrating it?

Thais? Tourists don't celebrate, it's the backpacker's "waterwar".

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Just now, 0815 said:

Thais? Tourists don't celebrate, it's the backpacker's "waterwar".

You've obviously never experienced songkran in Pattaya. Or Bangkok. Or Patong.

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Watergun is ready, they just need to open the bars

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The whole reason they are thinking of having it in July is that they are planning in allowing full international travel again starting 1 July and expect that there will be at least as many people (3 million plus) immediately arriving every month as there was previously, starting on that date.

Actually, many months ago, a Thai Minister (I think it was the Tourism Minister ?) declared that the virus would be "washed away" by Songkran and that the number of tourists arriving in the last half of the year would be DOUBLE the normal numbers !!
(He was actually claiming that they expected upwards of 6 million+ arrivals per month for the last half of the year so that the total number of arrivals for the year would be at least the same as the previous year.)
And yes, that was in the Thai (English language) news and posted on TV in months past.

And yes, what they say and what they expect are probably not based on any kind of reality at all. I don't think even the fortune tellers would go that far !

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Great, just when the bars re-open, have Songkran to keep me home.

 

This is getting personal!  😡

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16 hours ago, Catkiwi said:

If you have a look at the actual tradition

I think you've answered your own question on why it should be denied, and that's "tradition". 

 

Songkran is supposed to celebrate the start of the Thai New Year, which occurs in April.

 

Just enjoy it twice as much next year!

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1 minute ago, Kerryd said:

they are planning in allowing full international travel again starting 1 July

Yes but with caveats that would debar any tourists from coming. What 2 week tourist would be willing to go into a government quarantine facility for 14 days on arrival?

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3 minutes ago, Kerryd said:

The whole reason they are thinking of having it in July is that they are planning in allowing full international travel again starting 1 July and expect that there will be at least as many people (3 million plus) immediately arriving every month as there was previously, starting on that date.

Actually, many months ago, a Thai Minister (I think it was the Tourism Minister ?) declared that the virus would be "washed away" by Songkran and that the number of tourists arriving in the last half of the year would be DOUBLE the normal numbers !!
(He was actually claiming that they expected upwards of 6 million+ arrivals per month for the last half of the year so that the total number of arrivals for the year would be at least the same as the previous year.)
And yes, that was in the Thai (English language) news and posted on TV in months past.

And yes, what they say and what they expect are probably not based on any kind of reality at all. I don't think even the fortune tellers would go that far !

They never seem to realise that most international travellers can't just say "oh good, xxx is on next week, I'll go".  People have to arrange time off of work, book flights, hotels etc. and next week/month just isn't possible for most.

 

Before I retired, I had conversations like "Can I have next month off", "no, sorry, too many are already booked off", "OK, how about 1 month, 11 months from now", "that's too early, you have to give others a chance to book".  My boss was a fetus yuppie and an idiot, unfortunately, he'll do well.

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What a smart idea! and the World should move New Year to June, warmer weather, trees are blossoming

and snow has melted. Let's copy Thailand!  

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Why?

Can wait till next April to throw water?

I know it is an important holiday, but actually seems childish and immature/careless for authorities to even consider it happening this year.

 

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17 hours ago, Phil McCaverty said:

I can't see the point. Kids will be back at school, no tourists. Who exactly will be celebrating it?

Wasn’t this originally a Thai celebration? Nothing to do with millions of crazy tourists getting drunk and high. Maybe it can go back to that original idea of Thai celebrating Songkran themselves, in quite a modest way.

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