Thursday, April 1, 2010

Songkran – How Iced Water Can Get You Into Hot Water

The Songkran Festival is held every year in from the 13th to the 15th of April to celebrate the Thai New Year. But be warned……if you are planning to partake in the usual customs of throwing water at everyone you meet, finger-painting everything you see and throwing colored flour over everything else you could end up in hot water.

This year we have been told to watch out for two things – police officers with thermometers!

The police have issued a warning that water below 5 degrees centigrade is hazardous. The reasoning is that the cold water can turn to ice easily and subsequently be dangerous to the person at which it is thrown!!

If you are found throwing water at this temperature police will be imposing an automatic hefty fine combined with up to a month’s stay in the local prison! So if a policeman approaches you, thermometer in hand, beware!


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