Having only just reopened, Thailand may close down again for a week in July to finally celebrated its postponed Songkran.
Former Pattaya mayor turned Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome said Tuesday that he has proposed July 7-9 be the “New Normal Songkran”.
If approved at a meeting Friday, that three-day holiday would fall directly after the July 4-6 Asalaha Bucha long weekend. Of course, why stop there? uly 9 is a Thursday, so why not add another bonus holiday – something the Thai government is very good at – and just give everyone a nine-day holiday?
With a possibly final stage of Thailand’s economic reopening set for July 1, the weeklong party would be either a joyous party after months of lockdown or a raucous spark to a second wave of coronavirus infections as a beleaguered Thai population people jettisons the “new” out of normal and gets back to the old ways of spreading infectious diseases and dying by the hundreds in motorcycle wrecks.
Perhaps recognizing the potential for mayhem and mass infections, Itthiphol suggested an alternate date later in the month to coincide with HM the King’s birthday.
The rescheduled Songkran became necessary when Thailand canceled the Thai New Year celebration, lunar calendar be damned, during the strictest stage of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.