Next month is the perfect time to visit Thailand and experience one of the country’s grandest and most unforgettable festivals. April 13th marks the start of the Songkran Festival which is also the Thai New Year.
The festival was originally celebrated by visiting temples and pouring scented water over statues of Buddha for good luck. This water was then saved and gently sprinkled onto loved ones as a blessing. The Thai people believe that water is spiritually purifying: it cleanses you of any bad luck or grievances from the past year, and blesses you with fortune and happiness for the year ahead. Now in addition to visiting temples, tens of thousands of men, women, and children will flock to the streets armed with water guns, water cannons, and buckets of cold water for a fun-filled, all-out water war.
The festivities last for three days, and the festival is without a doubt a very important one to Thai people. However, anyone and everyone can and will get involved in the celebrations. If you’re out and about during Songkran, you’re almost guaranteed to end up soaked but you’ll have lots of fun in the process!
If you can’t celebrate the water festival in Thailand, we encourage you to celebrate water in an alternative fashion, by helping to GIVE it to those in need.
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Mango is a big part of the New Year feast, particularly Mango with Sticky Rice – mangoes symbolizing prosperity and rice, fertile land. Celebrate at home with this easy recipe.
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