SONKRAN is a festival of utmost happiness of Thai people. During the long holiday, many city dwellers go back home upcountry to celebrate with their families. It’s time of refreshing fun during the hottest part of the year. The young playfully splash water over each other to generate and share a collective feeling of freshness. Soaking someone isn’t insulting; the water is a blessing bringing welcome coolness to people’s live.The Songkran festival takes place on 13 -15 April and represents the traditional Thai New Year.
The word Songkran comes from Sanskrit and means “passing”, that is passage into a new star configuration, into a new year. Even though the official New Year’s Day in Thailand has long been changed to 1 January, people still respect the old tradition.
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