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Songkran Festival

13 to 15 April, 2015

Thailand

Songkran Festival
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Image Courtesy: Mohd Azli Abdul Malek used under the Creative Commons Licence
Image Courtesy: John Shedrick used under the Creative Commons Licence
Image Courtesy: John Shedrick used under the Creative Commons Licence

Celebrated across Thailand as the country’s New year, Songkran festival is an event of great fanfare and colour.

One of the main traditions that form part of Songkran is to pour water on each other in mirth and to celebrate. This symbolises washing away all the bad things from one’s life. This tradition is one of the reasons this festival is called the Thailand Water Festival.

Celebrations take places across several cities – Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Kohn Kaen. People throng the streets with buckets and hoses to spray each other with water which is sometimes scented (mostly herbs and flowers). Beach retreats are also a common destination during this fun festival.

Parades takes place with great pomp and show, with idols of the Buddha decorated lavishly mounted on moving vehicles. People also ride along the streets, splashing water on everyone else using toy guns and other toys.

So, if you’re heading to Thailand during Songkran, prepare yourself for a grand time, and of course, to get soaked!

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