HERALDING the entry to 2021 was a dramatic display of 25,000 eco-friendly fireworks made with sticky paper at Iconsiam’s River Park with 1,400-metre length of Chao Phraya River ablaze with the shimmering and magical show.
Arranged by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Iconsiam and other agencies, associations and businesses along the Chao Phraya River, the spectacular firework was a message of hope for the country and the world to mark the arrival of the new year and to overcome the coronavirus crisis with strength and courage.
“While the concerts and gatherings have been cancelled, the spirit of Thailand shines on,” said Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT’s governor, “For best health and safety of Thais and to minimize the curve of Covid-19, we have turned The ‘Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021’ into a new normal celebration, in accordance with CCSA’s guidelines. We decide to proceed with the iconic firework display, as a reminder of our hope for brighter days, and also extend our love and best wishes to everyone around the world in this tough period.
Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, managing director of Iconsiam Company Limited, said, “Iconsiam strictly followed CCAS’s guideline by cancelling all the concerts but the new year spirit remains with the stunning eco-friendly firework display…
“The celebration also plays a key role in supporting hundreds of tourism businesses along the Chao Phraya River in this trying time, along with people related to the industries and their families.”
For the firework design elements, Japanese firework specialist Oguchi Yoshimasa, the creator of the environmentally-friendly firework, said “This year, Thai and Japanese sticky rice are the main components of the fireworks. The use of glutinous rice, a natural ingredient which produces very small amounts of smoke, is a more environmentally-friendly option and is a Japanese heritage pyrotechnics that have been passed on for more than 80 years.”
The highlight of the seven-act display was in the finale. “It’s just like Niagara Falls over the Chao Phraya River, to start off a great New Year, with hope and courage,” Ogushi said.
The dazzling display on the riverside last night.