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  • Discussion 22 : 01 Apr 2013 at 15.5422

    The ban is an attempt to bring forth awareness and create dialogue about public safety, personal responsibility and common sense. Its never too late to try and encourage community cooperation.
    I've seen Songkran madness and also grace and respect.
    It can be very unnerving for some.

  • Discussion 21 : 01 Apr 2013 at 15.0221

    Was this posted today??

  • Discussion 20 : 01 Apr 2013 at 07.2620

    The death toll of over 300 every year during Songkran does not come from water throwing, but from alcohol drinking. So if you want to ban something, then start with alcohol first, you may see some positive results. Banning water from vehicles is useless as it will never be enforcable. The liquid that turns joy into sadness during Songkran is alcohol, not water.

    Now let's see how many in this forum would be willing to live without booze for let's say 2 weeks? One week before Songkran and during Songran.

  • Discussion 19 : 01 Apr 2013 at 05.0919

    ... so instead of banning the occasion, shouldn't we all look to ways of restoring the origins of these festivals, without indulging in the excesses? We should embrace our cultural differences, and strive to maintain them to avoid becoming bland clones of every other country. Shame on any Farang who decries the traditions - it seems there may be a few here who do just that! Encourage these colourful differences between countries - it is good for tourism, and that is a major economic factor in so many places, not just Thailand.

  • Discussion 18 : 01 Apr 2013 at 05.0018

    It would be a very boring world if not for cultural differences. Sadly, we live in an age of excess. From the Thai tradition of paying respect to elders at Songkran by assisting them to bathe and change into clean clothes, it has migrated to throwing water at random victims, using ever larger volumes of water and implements. We can compare it with the western Christmas and Easter festivals, where the original celebrations of Christ's birth, death, and resurrection have become confused with excuses for extreme materialism. I suspect that few children eating wildly overpriced chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday now consider the religious origin...

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    Discussion 17 : 31 Mar 2013 at 23.0417

    Can't even ride the buses during Songkran.

    Sorry to sound like a jerk, but sometimes it takes a glare and a raised fist to get your point across. Songkran can be a lot of fun, but most people don't want to be nailed with water while walking out of a 7-11 at 10:00 AM, while trying to light a cigarette.

  • Discussion 16 : 31 Mar 2013 at 19.5216

    Thais (and others) need re-educating on how to behave at Songkran.
    Lessons at school, TV advertisements, some celebrities emphasising 'play with respect'.

    I enjoy the madness, but sometimes I want to opt out.
    Why not introduce a ban on throwing water on people NOT wearing a flowery 'Songkran' shirt?
    Anyone in 'regular' clothes should be permitted to walk in (dry) peace.

  • Discussion 15 : 31 Mar 2013 at 10.3615

    The regulation while sounding great, we all know would be ignored. Stupidity can not be regulated

  • Discussion 14 : 31 Mar 2013 at 09.4214

    Banning anything does not do much good if the law is not enforced! Look at the helmet law, driving while drunk, talking on a cell phone while driving, etc.

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    Discussion 13 : 30 Mar 2013 at 23.2513

    Instead of wasting water for a week why not pick up garbage and fix up slums and clean out dirty canals and beaches so you actually have something to feel good about .Plant some trees .Do something to improve your surrounding .

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