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Singapore's 1st Songkran water festival goes dry

Wet activities cancelled as part of national campaign to save water

Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:09 AM
Children soaking one another with water guns at a Songkran event in Sembawang last year. This year's festival at the Padang will not feature any water-related activities. Instead, there will be a bazaar, carnival, muay thai tournament, music festival, and exhibition on water conservation and water heritage. -- ST FILE PHOTO

There will be no water pistol fights, celebrity dunk stations, or really, any kind of water fun at Singapore's first Songkran water festival on April 12 and 13.

The organisers of Celebrate Songkran 2014 at the Padang have taken heed of the national campaign to conserve water and nixed the water-based activities.

Instead, they will host a Water Conservation and Water Heritage Exhibition in conjunction with national water agency PUB.

The organisers said this was appropriate in view of the recent dry spell and current moves to cut back on water usage.

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Background story

The Bangkok Post reported last Wednesday that the director of the surveillance bureau at Thailand's Ministry of Culture, Ms Yupa Taweewattanakijbaworn, had threatened to sue festival organisers for undermining the values of the Thai festival.