Songkran celebrations all over Thailand
Songkran is a centuries-old festival which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. It is a unique fun-filled event during which we splash others with water in order to give and request a blessing.
The word “Songkran” is derived from Sanskrit and means “to pass” or “to move into”. It implies the moving of the sun, moon and planets into a new orbit in the zodiac. People in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos organise similar festivals at this time of the year.
Freed from routine work for a few days, Thais have the time to perform various rites designed to show respect to their forebears and senior members of the family. Highlights include sprinkling the hands of their elders with scented water, pouring scented water on Buddha statues and joining in family reunions.
This year, Great Songkran Day falls on April 13 and the designated symbol is Kimitha Thewi, a lady who lies down but not asleep on a buffalo’s back, wears a jongkonnee flower behind one ear and has a sword on her right arm and a harp in her left.
Every region in the country will be celebrating the festival under the common theme of “Cool Songkran All Over Thailand”.
HereClick-through for isthe list of interesting places in which you can enjoy the splendour of Songkran.
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