An overwhelming majority of respondents to a survey by Nida Poll support the idea of revelers wearing Thai traditional costumes during Songkran festival.
Nida Poll of the National Institute of Development Administration conducted a random survey of the opinions of 1,250 people of different walks of life across the country during April 5-6 about wearing Thai traditional costumes during Songkran festival.
The poll shows 84.96 percent of the respondents agree with the idea, saying that this will help conserve being Thainess and promote Thai traditional culture. 14 percent of the respondents, however, disagree with the idea, saying that it is wasteful because the traditional costumes are expensive and they are not appropriate for water-splashing activity, according to the poll.
Asked whether the respondents would like to put on the traditional costumes, 64.24 percent said they would like to because they look polite and they reflect Thainess and Thai identity.
33.44 percent, however, said they would not because it is inconvenient, not suitable for the hot weather, too expensive and difficult to get ones.
50.40 percent said they would like the public and private sectors to jointly launch campaign urging Thais to wear traditional costumes during the festival in order to create awareness among Thai youth about the importance of preserving Thai culture.
54.96 percent said there should be a campaign by the private sector urging traders to sell traditional costumes at affordable prices.