Song Kran Festival Kicks OffPattaya Song Kran Fest has kicked off in Pattaya. There were many foreign and Thai tourists enjoying the festival but some operators still sold alcohol to tourists who were arrested by police.
PATTAYA – April 18.2015 [PattayaDailyNews]; reporters reported that the first day of SongKran Fest of Na-Klua-Pattaya, Mr.Chakorn Kanjanawatta-chief district of Bang Lamung- chaired the opening ceremony of making merit on the occasion of SongKran, plus Mrs.Usa Kanjanawatta, Mr.Wattana Chantarawaranon, DrWeerawat Khakai-deputy mayor of Pattaya-, Mrs.Sukumol Khunpluem-former minister of culture-, Pattaya members and local people also took part in the ceremony.
People had made merit by giving dried food to 59 monks. Later the administrative officers of Pattaya had addressed the occasion and kicked off the Thai New Year and SongKran Fest together.
Later Mrs.Sukumol and Pattaya members led a parade of Buddha statues and flowers around Na-Klua market and local people took part in bathing the Buddha statues in water according to the Thai tradition.
There were a lot of Thais and foreigners who took part in the SongKran Fest in Pattaya in the afternoon especially Pattaya-NaKlua road, Sukhumvit road. However, some operators still sold alcohol to tourist without permission and around 10 of them were arrested.