What's Next: April 13, 2017

Subdued Songkran expected

Thailand will begin celebrating the annual Songkran water festival today, a time when revellers splash water on each other under the scorching sun to mark the traditional new year.

But the three-day festival is likely to be less rowdy this year in deference to the year-long mourning period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

S'pore Hokkien Festival begins today

The Singapore Hokkien Festival, which will showcase both traditional and modern aspects of culture, kicks off today.

During the 11-day event, people can enjoy authentic Hokkien food and street performances, including a Chinese string puppet show. More than 1,500 people have signed up for an exhibition on the history and contributions of the Hokkien community.

GDP flash estimates for first quarter

Singapore will release today its flash estimates on gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter as well as unveil its latest monetary policy. Analysts expect a robust set of numbers on GDP growth, but anticipate no change by the central bank to its neutral monetary policy stance. Singapore's GDP grew 2.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.

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