NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
A senior Culture Ministry official has threatened to sue organisers of a Songkran festival in Singapore next month, saying it will undermine the value of the rival Thai New Year celebration.
Culture Surveillance Bureau director Yupa Taweewattanakijbaworn said Songkran is not just about splashing water for fun, but is aimed at strengthening relationships between family members and communities.
Singapore is using the festival to promote tourism, without acknowledging the value of the traditions behind Songkran, she said.
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