Thailand’s New Year Countdown celebrations

Title: Thailand’s New Year Countdown celebrations
Description: Whether the countdown is in Bangkok, Phuket, or a far northern destination, the Thailand New Year Celebrations will carry the hallmarks of fun and genuine hospitality that make the kingdom such a rewarding destination to visit. This is the land of smiles and “sanook” so what better place to ring in the new year than Thailand?
Of course, Bangkok has a mission to fulfill. It aspires to make its 2010 New Year Countdown a mega-celebration, on par with the biggest and brightest in the Asia Pacific region.
The spotlight is on the “Hands Bangkok Countdown”, where more than 200,000 New Year party goers will mingle in the downtown CentralWorld Square. Festivities begin on 21 December and culminate in the countdown on New Year’s Eve extending through New Year’s Day.
Concerts and live on-stage performances, the informal atmosphere of beer gardens, and an exciting light and sound show support a theme of peace and joining hands across a multitude of cultures and races.
According to the organizers, joining hands will bring people together — lovers, friends and families — to celebrate the hopes and destiny of a New Year.
A gigantic screen will allow party goers to view the countdown celebrations in countries in the same time zone, while a giant 21 meter-high Greeting Ball Tower, with a three-meter diameter LCD orb-screen will create bursts of stunning display of light, color, sound and movement at minute intervals over the party scene, until the countdown begins and the fireworks light up the sky.
There are two other official locations for New Year celebrations.
The National Stadium, just 2 km from CentralWorld Square on the city’s Skytrain route, will be packed to capacity as residents and tourists enjoy an evening of musical concerts, variety show performances organized by GMM Grammy Records and Channel 9. TV stars will turn out to entertain the crowd, while a huge screen will show nation-wide countdown celebrations as the minutes tick by.
A more traditional Thai celebration will underscore activities at the city’s Sanam Luang, with the famed temple roofs and spires in the Grand Palace courtyards providing the backdrop. Crowds will gather on the historic spacious parade ground, facing Thammasat University, to enjoy classical dance performances, folk songs from the various provinces and musical concerts for an older generation of city residents. As the countdown celebrations get underway, firework displays along the banks of the nearby Chao Phraya River will illuminate the sky.
Phone : 1672, 66 (0) 2250 5500 ext 34
Date: 2010-12-31

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