Summer has come and it’s time to indulge in some water activities. Thailand is celebrating Songkran festival this month. Yay!!
Of all the feasts and festivals in Thailand, I think the Songkran Festival is the most striking. Similar to our own Indian Holi Festival, you can see streets full of drenched people and nobody spares anybody. Believe me, it’s so much fun!! 😀
As far as the history is concerned, this is the longest water throwing event in the world as this is being celebrated for three consecutive days.
The traditional water pouring is meant as a symbol of washing away all of their sins and the bad and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs when celebrated in the traditional manner. In its essence, Songkran is all about harmony. It’s the bond that brings everyone together like one big family.
They start at home by pouring scented water on a Buddha idol and elders, and then visiting a temple. After that it’s fun on the streets!
Here’s a short video of a Songkran function I attended last year.
Songkran can also be considered as Chinese Ching Ming, and the Christian Festival of Easter.
Songkran is a Sanskrit word in Thai form which means the entry of the sun into any sign of the Zodiac. But the Songkran in this particular instance is when the sun enters the sign of Aries or the Ram. Its full name is Maha Songkran. The festival is not only celebrated in Thailand but also in Burma, Cambodia and the Lao State. It begins on the 13th April and generally ends on the 15th April.
Where in Thailand? Chiang Mai is renowned for one of the grandest Songkran celebrations in Thailand. Visitors can also take part in the opening ceremony for the Songkran Festival with a wonderful parade around Chiang Mai city. They can also, like locals, pour some water, enjoy Lanna-style cultural performances and traditions, and try out various northern foods along the streets.
If you are in Bangkok on the day, don’t forget to visit the backpacking district, Khao San Road. It becomes impassable because of the thousands of people here to join the celebration. 😀
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