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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have said that they will not call off the Loy Krathong festival at Asiatique The Riverfront in the capital Bangkok. The three day celebration will instead by celebrated quietly to show respect to the Supreme Patriarch.
Wilaiwan Tawichsri, TAT Deputy Director of Tourism Products said on Wednesday that the event will take place without entertainment activities as the nation is still in mourning for the death of His Holiness Somdej Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand.
Loy Krathong that this year falls on Sunday November 17 will include cultural shows, relevant exhibitions on how each province celebrates the festival as well as displays of 10 illuminated barges and fireworks without loud noises.
TAT will also sponsor the event in Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Samutsongkram and Suphan Buri in a bid to preserve the Thai tradition, though Ayutthaya province has already called off this year’s event.
Ambassadors and diplomats from 25 of 30 countries which received invitations from the TAT have confirmed their participation in the event.
Last year some 200,000 tourists participated in the Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok and up to 600,000 tourists celebrated the festival nationwide.
The number of people participating in this year’s event is expected to increase 10 per cent year-on-year as the celebration days have been extended from one day to three days, and that the festival has been heavily promoted worldwide to attract more tourists to the country.