The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Friday officially opened the grand traditional Songkran festivities at Lumpini park with the offering of alms to monks.
The selection of the park as the venue to officially celebrate and hold Songkran festivities from past years at Sanam Luang was because it is large area and close to Silom road, an already popular destination for water splashing.
The BMA has turned the park into a retro Thai theme, which features traditional games and art.
Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang in Thai costume led city officials and members of the public in the religious ceremony at the park where a bathing rite for 20 elders was also held simultaneously as today was not only the Thai traditional New year, but also the National Elderly Day.
The bathing rite was to foster gratitude and to show respect for the elderly people by the young Thai people.
The BMA has invited the people to the festivities as the Phra Buddha Sihing statue was moved from the Putthaisawan Throne Hall at the National Museum Bangkok to the park for the first time as part of Bangkok Songkran festivities.
The moving of the Buddha statute, one of Bangkok's most important religious relics, from the museum to in front of the Rama VI Monument in Lumpini park for Buddhist Thais to pay respect, bathe and make wishes.
The grand Songkran celebrations, started yesterday will continue until April 15.
Activities run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Authorities asked people to celebrate Songkran at park on traditional manner.
They are advised against using powder, water guns, or drinking alcoholic drinks, and modest clothing and moderate use of water are recommended.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)