ฺฺBANGKOK: The United States Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Glyn Davies has expressed confidence in Thailand’s increased security preparations ahead of the upcoming festive season.
Thai authorities have ramped up security measures in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the relentless bombardment of Syria, and with the memory of the Bangkok August bomb still fresh.
In a meeting on November 23 with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on November 23, the American Ambassador reiterated the importance of seemless Thai-US cooperation in the following areas: the escalating war on terror; the territorial dispute in the South China Sea and human trafficking.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s second most popular traditional holiday – Loy Kratong – will be celebrated under the light of the full moon, tomorrow, November 25, prompting millions – couples, children and families alike – to the kingdom’s watersides to set afloat (loy ลอย) traditional “kratong” (กระทง) in a symbolic yet ironic gesture to ask for forgiveness from the water spirit “Mae Kong Ka” for neglecting and polluting her all year long.
As for a busy December schedule, Thailand officially celebrates Father’s Day, coinciding with birthday of HM the King, Rama IX, from the 5th to the 7th, followed by Constitution Day on the 10th (even though there is no active constitution right now).
A nationwide “Bike for Dad” event will be held on December 11; millions of internationally-minded Thais and residents in Thailand will celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day, and many more will travel upcountry to be with family and friends during the New Year holiday.
Despite the beefed up security this festive season, Thais are much more likely to die or be harmed in traffic accidents. Hundreds die and tens of thousands more are hospitalized during the annual “Seven Days of Danger” week during the New Years holiday.