What is Songkran?
It is one of the most significant annual festivals on the Buddhist calendar, marking the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. This 3-day festival is the most vibrant is Thailand that all universities, banks and office buildings are off.
Songkran meaning is passing or approaching. It is derived from a Sanskrit word.
When is Songkran?
It takes place in April every year, from the 13th to the 15th. It is Thailand’s hottest month of the year. A large number of foreigners go to Thailand to participate in the world-famous water fights.
What are Songkran Festival Traditions?
Friendly water fights, cleaning houses, and carrying Buddha status through the streets and wash it with flower-scented water. Splashing water symbolizes washing off all past-year misfortunes and cleansing bodies from evil to get ready for a fresh start in the new year.
On the festival’s first day, locals clean their houses, the second day is dedicated to spending quality family time while enjoying Songkran food, such as Kai Yang, grilled chicken; Khao Soi, creamy coconut curry noodle soup; Gaeng Keow Wan, green chillies, ginger, eggplant, and plenty of coconut milk; and Mango Sticky Rice, sweet coconut milk and sticky rice with fresh slices of mango. These mouth-watering foods are surely worth a try!
The third day is for locals offering monks food and to participate in the massive water fights. The grandest ones are Bangkok Songkran in Bangkok’s Silom and Songkran Pattaya at the Walking Street. Attending these water fights is one of the main Songkran festival activities that is believed to bring good luck for the upcoming year. Songkran 2019 Pattaya and Songkran 2019 Bangkok are attracting a lot of locals and travellers, and everyone is welcomed to celebrate.
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Happy Thai New Year everyone!