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Celebrate Songkran 2014 Hops On National Water Conservation Effort
In light of the longest dry spell experienced in Singapore, organizers of Celebrate Songkran 2014 have taken extraordinary measures to eliminate water wastage during the event.
Supporting the national water conservation drive
Singapore has experienced the longest dry spell in years, and there have been numerous calls for saving our precious water. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had recently urged the nation on his Facebook: "Do try your best to conserve water, and use only what you really need."
With the evolution of Songkran festivals and celebrations over the years, it has become very closely associated with water splashing activities. Similarly, Celebrate Songkran 2014 was initially conceptualized as a “water festival” party, with many activities revolving around water, such as water fights with water pistols and water splashing. This initial event concept of Songkran, would consume a lot of water.
Today, organizers of this inaugural event announced that they have come on board the national effort to conserve water, and have made a decision to change the concept of this event, by removing water activities that will lead to water wastage.
Official Statement by T J Chin, Event Producer and Director of Celebrate Songkran 2014:
“We wish to do our part for water, especially having recently gone through the longest dry spell in Singapore. Water is precious, so every drop saved will count.
We took the initiative and consulted with PUB, discussed and explored how we can be part of the national water conservation effort. After extensive discussions, we have decided to remove activities that will lead to water wastage, and also set up an additional area within the event compound, and will be hosting a Water Conservation and Water Heritage Exhibition, jointly with the PUB.
Everyone should play a part in saving water, and we are no exception. We hope that by making this decision, others who are planning similar activities or events during this period of dry spell, will follow suit.
Songkran is a term derived from the Sanskri. It is also commonly known as the traditional New Year celebrated in Thailand and several Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, among others.
The Songkran Festival has also been observed as a symbol of hospitality, love and the importance of maintaining strong relationships within families, communities and society as a whole. With water-splashing activities removed, we will be enlarging our carnival area, and include more rides, games and activities to make the event equally, if not more, fun-filled for our attendees. We are confident that by removing water splashing activities from the event will not remove the true meaning of Songkran.
We will also be hoping to work with the Thai Embassy, as well as the Tourism Authority of Thailand, to incorporate more traditional and heritage elements of Thai Songkran into the event. We hope to spread and educate more people about the true meaning of Songkran. We had never wanted to be a replacement. We are an alternative – to be a venue for people who cannot be where they wish to be during this festive period.”
About Celebrate Songkran 2014
Celebrate Songkran 2014 will be held at The Padang from 12-13 April 2014. The outdoor festival will allow people to experience Songkran festivities, right here in Singapore. With a wide variety of activities lined up across the 2 days, the event is suitable for families, couples, children and party revelers! Celebrate Songkran 2014 will give people the opportunity to understand more about Songkran heritage with a twist of international flavor!
H2O Music Fest (Ticketed - admission 18+)
Day 1 - $35 / Day 2 - $35 / Both days $60
VIP Day 1 - $75 / VIP Day 2 - $75 / VIP Both days - $140
A 2-day music extravaganza held in the evenings. This music and entertainment showcase will be headlined by electro-
*Tickets on sale at www.celebratesongkran.com
The Bazaar (FREE ENTRY - all ages)
Take your pick of authentic handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing, pottery, furniture, lamps, books, paintings, arts, plants and much more! It doesn’t stop there; you can also feast on authentic Thai food & dessert. Expect to find other unique products at the Bazaar.
The Carnival (FREE ENTRY - all ages)
Consisting of fun carnival games and rides that people can play to win prizes or simply to have fun! Definitely a haven for the children, and adults alike.
Muaythai Exhibition Tournament (FREE ENTRY - all ages)
Creating an outdoor arena and jointly organized with the Amateur Muaythai Association of Singapore (AMAS), local fighters will showcase their skills featuring a total of 16 male bouts and 1 female bout.
Water Conservation and Water Heritage Exhibition
Supported by PUB there will be a special exhibition area where attendees can learn how to conserve water, as well as understand water heritage.
Celebrate Songkran 2014 is wholly owned by JBozz Consultants Pte Ltd and produced by TJ Eventz – both local companies with a combined wealth of experience in organizing large scale events in Singapore and internationally.
Sponsors and Partners for this inaugural event includes HotFM 91.3 (Official Radio Partner); Absolut (Official Vodka); Mumm's (Official Champagne); Chivas Regal (Official Whiskey); Fiji Water (Official Artesian Water); Nunettes (Official Sunglasses), Mookata (Preferred Thai Restaurant); Mansion (Official After Party Venue), among others. For more information, please visit www.celebratesongkran.com.
T J Chin (Leo)
T J Chin (Leo)