Thailand quietly celebrated last November 14 the Loy Krathong festival without the normal entertainment and fireworks, and the government leaders also want celebrations for Christmas and New Years to be similar.
Loy Krathong on a muted tone
The government already mentioned that the Christmas and New Year celebrations could be arranged, but the entertainment activities must be toned down.
This suggestion was said following the nation’s quiet celebrations for the Loy Krathong festival, since the nation is at its mourning period for a month after the passing of His Majesty the King Bhumibol.
Many of the Loy Krathong sites proceeded with their yearly festival but also devoted the traditional floating of a krathong on the waterways in remembrance of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol.
The National Culture Committee’s suggested traditional and cultural activities observed during the Loy Krathong were the Buddhist-style merit-making, listening to prayers and dhamma practice, according to Tanasak Patimapragorn, the Deputy Prime Minister.
The committee suggested to not hold the Nang Nopphamat beauty contest and some other events like concerts and fireworks.
As a response to the suggestions from the committee, Wanthani Watthana, who is a deputy clerk, mentioned that there were no Loy Krathong celebrations in areas close to the Grand Palace.
People floated the krathongs at neighbouring piers like Tha Chang, Tha Phrachan, Tha Tian or Tha Maharat, according to Ms Wanthani.
The sites nearest to the palace were located in Santi Chai Prakan Park, Phra Athit Road and under the Rama VIII bridge.
About 28 public parks in Bangkok opened until November 14 midnight in order for people to float the krathongs.
Celebrations for the coming Christmas and New Years
For the upcoming Christmas and New Years, Gen Tanasak mentioned that these could be arranged. However, the committee’s organisers want to keep these entertainment activities respectful. He believes that every Thai practices discretion and acts appropriately in this time of mourning.
In sum, there are other ways to celebrate Christmas and New Years solemnly with a family, such as a Christmas or a New Year dinner in Bangkok. The toned down celebrations will mean respect for the late King.