Songkran 2015 - Phuket Thailand
Thai New Year – Water Festival
What is Songkran?
Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. This important event in the Buddhist calendar marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning 'passing' or 'approaching'. If you're on your way to this spectacle of a holiday, hope you booked a nice Phuket hotel that suits your water war party.
Songkran is celebrated throughout Thailand between the 13th and 15th of April, but in places like Chiang mai or Pattaya celebrations continue for even more days! The celebrations are extended until the 19th of April and this extension is traditionally called “Wan Lai festival", which literally means “the day that flows”. This year in Phuket, once again it clashes with Phuket Bike Week 2015 but it's safe as the bikers normally do not ride on that day due to the danger. They later move to Phuket town for the latter part of the week after the Songkran Festival on 13th April.
The real meaning behind the water is to symbolically cleanse all misfortunes of the past year and to welcome the New Year with a clean and fresh new start. The Powder is to be signify renewed purity and a blessing of good fortune to come.
Traditionally, Thai people would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbors for good fortune and to pay their respects. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl has evolved into a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the festive spirit of this holiday is shared among all residents and tourists alike.
Do’s & Don’ts in Songkran
- Do use waterproof bags to protect your valuables. Dream on, if you think you won't get wet.
- Do watch your belongings. So much things going on so your stuff may go missing.
- Do use public transportation or walk, if you are heading to one of Songkran ‘hotspots’, as traffic will be paralyzed
- Do try wishing the locals a happy new year in Thai – “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”
- Do smile and have fun
- Do not douse monks, babies or the elderly
- Do not drive when you have been drinking
- Do not throw water with ice or dirty water
- Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents
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