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In the extra sunlight of April, visitors will have a chance to cool off during a festival filled with water but equally busy: Songkran water festival, also known as Songkran Festival of Thailand.
ALL THINGS VISITORS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SONGKRAN WATER FESTIVAL
On the occasion of Songkran water festival, most of the banks, shops and restaurants are closed except for a number of shopping centers and recreational activities. This is a chance for Thais to return home excitedly to welcome the New Year with their family spending time together. Travel to Thailand in April and together with Vuongnd Travel learn interesting facts about this special festival!
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SPRING SONGKRAN?
In Thai culture, Songkran Festival is a special occasion for the family members away returning to gather together after days of making a living, this is their opportunity to clean the house as a way to drive away the unfortunate old year, and especially to honor Buddha.
According to the traditional ceremony, the first day of the feast, Thai people will pour water on the hands of the elders to show respect, and ask for more blessings.
On the second day, the family wake up early to go to the temple to celebrate Mass together, bathing the Buddha and do works of mercy for the people around. On this day, the Thai people always prefer spending time with family and loved ones.
THE CUSTOM OF WATERING HIDES DEEP MEANING
Previously, the people of Thailand often watered gently to friends and family, but gradually they used buckets, water faucets and the water gun to let water cover with all people and tourists, with the hope of washing away all that unfortunate things of the old year, welcome a bright new year for yourself and the people around.
TRADITIONAL CEREMONY OF BUDDHIST TEMPLE
The New Year’s Day, the people of Thailand often go to the temple Buddha and pray for good luck and happiness for their family. 9 sacred temples they often visit are the Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam, Wat Chana Songkhram, Boworn Wat, Wat Benchamabophit, Rakhang Khositaram Wat, Wat Arun and Wat Kanlaya.
WHEN DOES SPRING SONGKRAN OCCUR ?
Previously New Year Songkran is calculated based on the calendar so the festival day also fluctuates from year to year. However, today the festival is held officially from 13 – 15/4 annual Wesak occasion.
THE BUSIEST ROADS IN SONGKRAN BANGKOK
This 5 km long stretch of road is considered to be overcrowded and “crazy” in the occasion of Songkran water festival. Here, you will be immersed in an atmosphere of jubilant when the festival participants will use anything to watering together, in the heat up to 40C.
Khao San Road
If you want to get wet from head to toe in the party of this exciting country, then go to Khao San road. In the vibrant music, be careful lest you slip into a powder due to a lot of water under your feet and be careful lest your face also become white colored with powder.
In the first festival day, the Buddha statue will be delivered from Thailand to the national museum through crowded streets with people and water. Then the object is located at Sanam Luang opposite the Royal Palace in 3 days so people have a chance to pay homage. Besides, people are together building the sand stupas with decorative flags for Buddha.
The beauty contest and culinary fair in Wisutkasat
Visit the culinary festival and beauty contest in Wisutkasat, you will see the beautiful Thai girls on the wagon full of flowers, marching in the streets. Besides, they also sold a lot of and exotic delicious traditional dishes.
SOME OTHER GREAT DESTINATIONS IN ADDITION TO THE BANGKOK
Padraeng Phra district, Samut Prakan Province
Here Thai community Raman Festival will be held a week later than in Bangkok, but with many ritual traditions and rich cultural significance. During the holidays, people not only water each other but Thai community Raman, has organized the parade procession of flowers, dance Rama, sailing, many other fascinating rituals.
SOME NOTES WHEN PARTICIPATING SONGKRAN WATER FESTIVAL
Things to do
- Go to Buddha temple and doing the good (if you are not a Buddhist, simply observe the ritual only).
- Use a waterproof bag to protect yourself from wet belongings.
- Keep an eye on valuable belongings.
- Use of public transport to get to the point of the festival, because the holiday traffic will definitely stalled.
- Learn the words “Happy New Year” in Thai “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”
- Always smile and enjoy the fun that the festival brings.
What not to do
- Do not splash onto the monks, the elderly and young children.
- Do not drive when you’re drinking.
- Do not waste water or ice falling onto people around.
- Do not water people who are driving because it can cause accidents.
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(Reference articles from Bangkok)