CNN PRODUCER NOTE When Canadian expat Diane Therrien heard Thai anti-government demonstrators would be celebrating Songkran, Thai New Year, in the protest camp, she traveled to Bangkok to be a part of it. She says the New Year celebrations were prayerful and traditional, as opposed to the more obvious celebration of throwing water at people. “Everybody was smiling, happy, friendly, just enjoying the present moment and the beginning of The Thai New Year,” she said. Therrien was grateful to have experienced the celebration and described the festivities in Lumpini Park to be a “truly Thai” cultural event.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer