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Songkran Festival 2011: “Substance” and “Caution”

 

Pour some Thai scented water on elder

 

 

The beginning of  time in the Songkran festival,

each year of Thailand,

in addition to what we heard in conjunction

with promoting the Songkran festival,

which is entertaining, by various provinces :

What we can hear together like a twin with a different parent.

It is a warning that should terrify;

to invites you to think about a thriller movie,

with a slogan reminding Thais,

which be promoted to the general media in Thailand,

“Seven dangerous days”.

Followed by the excited report of accident statistics,
wounded people and dead person, in the “Seven dangerous days”,

which is a growing amount,

more and more than the former year.

According to statistics the past five years,

for 2010 to 2005, only during the time of Songkran festival
(Again, that – only in the festival time – the “Seven dangerous days”)

Total accident, in official record is 4,000 times per year,
The average of wounded people is 4300-4700.

While the The average of total deaths is 340-380.

The average number of accidents above,
are mostly caused by “drunk driving” ,

Motorcycle is the most of accident in the past five years,
and the incidence is much higher
than 80% of all accidents each year, in the festival time.

And more than 50% of injuries
and deaths during the festival. ,
are working people
in the 21-49 years old of the age range.
in the five consecutive years.

 

By the staticts above,

today’s Songkran in Thailand,

can not show value of the Real Songkran and the true meaning of it.

Wave of capitalism, consumerism and … etc.

has blow some new of Thais, to go where the flow.

maybe I can tell that is creating a crisis in Thai culture.

Many old people are going to see the ruined

of the “essence” of the Songkran Festival,

so they have sent a lot of campaigns

which are trying to work for solving the problem;

the remindful activities, to the important meaning of the real Songkran

for the new era of people in Thailand today.

And  remind of the value ​​which is “essence”,

the roots of the Songkran in Thailand,

as an old traditional festival of the country.

Back to the top of this column again,

to see how the illustration be?

The genuine Songkran of Thais,

It requires a gentle and soft feeling for the real happiness of the Songkran time.

In a bright mood as we can find in this picture ?

Water playing is not a “Water War” as to promote for touristm today;

but just dipping our hand in the water which is prepared carefully,

clean, cool and fragrance water ,

Use all five fingers, just a gently flick ,

to make a Fuzzy water,

to cool and release heat as well in the hottest month of April.

 This is the “Substance” of Songkran Festival,

not the “Seven dangerous days”,

as it is for the today of Thais.

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