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    Posted April 15, 2014 by
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    Thai New Year with the Protesters


    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

    I just spent the morning in Lumpini Park (PDRC Rally Point), taking photos of Thai New Year (Songkran). I was curious to see how it would be different from the rest of the country because it was announced that Songkran in Lumpini would be celebrated in a more traditional way. Conclusion: I really enjoyed the experience, it was very friendly and alcohol-free; people even asked me to join them for a free meal. A big BRAVO! And thank you for the warm Thai hospitality.

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