Bangkok cancels Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown on February 12

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel Chinese New Year’s celebrations, scheduled on February 12 in the capital’s Chinatown area, due to concerns over the continued spread of COVID-19 in the city.

As there is no sign of the infection rate slowing, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang told the media today that holding Chinese New Year celebrations may put residents at risk and, therefore, it is appropriate for them to be cancelled this year.

Traditionally, City Hall, Chinese businesses and residents of Chinese descent jointly organize the celebrations, which feature various entertainment activities, a lion dance and food exhibitions. The highlight is the tour of Chinatown by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

This article is taken from Thai PBS World