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Thailand plans watered-down Songkran celebrations for April

Government aims to class COVID as 'endemic' by July, nightclubs kept shut for now

People play with water pistols during the Songkran water festival in Bangkok in April 2019. This year Thailand has decided to resume the celebrations for the first time in three years, but in limited form, with water-splashing in public areas not allowed.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand will celebrate its Songkran water-splashing festival for the first time in three years this April, but in a careful manner, as the kingdom wishes to move along its road map toward deeming COVID-19 as endemic in the country.

Songkran is one of the most important and boisterous holidays in Thailand. Many residents will celebrate a five-day break from April 13 this year.

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