Cabinet OKs April 12 as another public holiday

  • Thai children and foreign tourists spray water on each other on Khaosan road during Songkran festival in Bangkok on April 12, 2011. Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13, during which people celebrate by splashing water at each other. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

Songkran revelers will have a five-day holiday this year to celebrate the water-splashing fun-filled festival after the Cabinet declared April 12 a public holiday.

The cabinet on Tuesday (Feb 27) resolved to declare Thursday, April 12 an addition public holiday on top of the Songkran Day on Friday, April 13 which is already a public holiday.

Since April 14-15 fall on Saturday and Sunday and April 16 has already been declared Songkran holiday, the total number of holidays for Songkran festival this year will be five–from April 12-16.

Assistant government spokesperson Col Athisit Chainuwat said that the long holidays would help promote local tourism and urged state agencies to make preparations to facilitate the safe travelling of revelers.