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Thailand ready for more spending as New Year's festival regains its splash
by Yukako Ono, Nikkei staff writer
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13 April 2018
On 13 April 2018 Nikkei Asian Review reported:
More tourism, more spending, and more water splashing festivities are expected as the traditional Thai New Year holiday begins Friday (14 April), with the country's celebrated Songkran festival returning to normal after a yearlong mourning for the late King that ended in October (2017). With April being the hottest time of the year in Thailand, people splashing water on each other is regarded as a New Year's blessing. Traditionally, young people pour water onto the palms of their elders to show respect.
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The country's six major airports, including Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, project total traffic of 3.01 million passengers and 17,550 flights during the April 11-17 period, up 12% and 14%, respectively, from the previous year.
Water splashing and traditional merit-making events are held throughout the kingdom. Neighboring countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, also celebrate their traditional new year around the same period.
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