BECAUSE there is a large Thai (泰國人) population in Hong Kong, large parts of the city often celebrate Songkran alongside the Thais. This year, D2 Place mall in Lai Chi Kok (荔枝角) hosted a Songkran celebration from 6 to 8 April.
In the past, it was held at Kowloon City (九龍城), but the construction of a new MTR line was blocking many streets. The time period was also extended from one day to three.
In addition to encouraging people to splash water around, the organizers had also set up stalls selling Thai food and other items from Thai culture. The different stalls at the market not only sold food, but also traditional Thai clothing and Thai-style massages. On top of that, other booths promoted Thai language schools, Thai-style weddings and Muay Thai boxing.
(This article is published on Goodies on 11 April 2018)