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Prayut receives Songkran Thai New Year blessing from Prem

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning led commanders-in-chief of the armed forces, cabinet ministers, national police chief, and senior government officials of the Prime Minister's Office to pay respect to Privy Council Chairman and Statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda to receive his blessing to usher in the Songkran festival, the Thai traditional New Year.

Gen Prem opened his official Sisao Theves residence for the prime minister and a number of well-wishers to practice pouring water over his palms as a show of respect to the elder in a simple Thai traditional ceremony.

In return to the prime minister's wishing him good health and happiness, Gen Prem thanked the prime minister for his well wishes, and wished him success and happiness.

He praised Gen Prayut's leadership in running the country to progress and his determination and hard working although some might not be happy with his administration.

But Gen Prem said as long as the prime minister determined to work harder for the interest of the country, and of the people without feeling discouraged and downhearted, he would succeed.

Pouring water on palms is a Thai traditional way to show respect.

Younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders' hands, and receice their blessings during the Songkran festival which begins this week from April 13-15.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)