Songkran Festival is Thailand’s most famous and is celebrated in Thailand from 13-15 April. A major event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year with thousands of holiday makers flocking to Thailand to celebrate the Thai New Year. As it’s such an amazing time to be in Thailand and also lots of fun with waterfights in major streets and towns, roads are closed off to ensure a safe celebration for all.
The Songkran Festival celebration is rich with symbolic traditions – visits to local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. On this special occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday as it represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. You will see Buddha statues outside the main supermarkets during this period allowing all to be involved with this beautiful ceremony. Some places you can release fish in to lakes as a mark of good luck for the Thai New Year.
This is a festival to bring families together so those who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and family. As a way to show respect, younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hands. Paying respect to ancestors is also an major part of Songkran Festival tradition.
The Songkran Festival is known for it being a ‘water festival’ where all ages celebrate in the streets with waterguns and other means of pouring on water on others. Major streets are closed for traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. It’s an amazing day to celebrate in Thailand, an opportunity to meet new friends and observe the Thai culture.
If you’re in Thailand celebrating, we wish you a wonderful day! And if you’re thinking about booking a holiday to Thailand you won’t be sorry coming at this time of year.
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