Guidelines issued for holding New Year celebrations

New Year celebrations will be held as usual but activities are requested to uphold national unity, love and respect for the monarchy.

This was what the government wished to see the celebrations by the public and private sectors in the coming new year end of the week.

In giving guidelines for the new year celebrations, government spokesman Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd stated that the government would like to see new year celebrations held by the general public to feature three types of activities.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the spokesman highlighted religious activities for members of every religion to show the unity of the nation as the first activity.

The second one focuses on volunteer activities, for example, cleaning public spaces and donating to the poor. And the third one covers the activities to show the love to the Thai monarchs, he said.

The prime minister reiterated that the government has been considerate of the country and the businesses that have to move on, as well as the happiness of the people. The New Year celebrations shall therefore take place as usual. However, the organizers should take the appropriateness and the feeling of the general public into consideration, Said Lt. Gen. Sansern.

The government spokesman also urged the public to follow the regulations for public safety and a peaceful atmosphere. He added that the use of fireworks requires permission from a district chief.

As for hotels and entertainment venues, the Interior Ministry's inspection units will strictly monitor their activities to make certain that the businesses comply with the laws and regulations, particularly regarding gambling, illegal drugs and the sale of alcohol.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)