THAI NEW YEAR FACTS
The City of Los Angeles officially recognized the contributions of the Thai community by approving a section of Hollywood Boulevard between Western Avenue and Normandie Avenue where Thai businesses flourish as “Thai Town” in October 1999 as a result of a protracted community campaign led by the Thai Community Development Center.
The committee unanimously agreed to celebrate the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival as the major Thai event, and decided it would be held every year on the first Sunday in April.
With the aim of promoting Thai Town in LA and Thailand’s tourism, the Thai New Year’s Day committee will collaborate with Thai government sectors (i.e. Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Authority of Thailand, etc.) and other organizations in the USA, including “Thailand’s Team” (Royal Thai Consulate General in LA, Thai Trade Center, Board Of Investment, and Kasikorn Bank) to strongly increase the confidence of international tourists toward Thailand and resurrect the success of Thailand’s travel industry.