The purists will be quick to tell you that too much emphasis is put on water fighting and partying these days, and that proper tradition is being lost. So, for the record no pun intended , and some cultural appropriation, I thought I'd explore some traditional Songkran songs. The period marks a time to let go of the past and move forward, but also a time to pay respect and be grateful.
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What is Songkran
Welcome to Songkran Festival www. The Thai protest is not stopping foreigners coming to Thailand for the Songkran Festival. The Songkran Festival appears on April 13th, 14th and 15th. Thais celebrate by throwing water at each other. Six Thai major…. Elephants spray water at Thai revellers during Songkran festival celebrations in Ayutthaya province, 80 km 50 miles north of Bangkok April 11, The Songkran festival marks the start of the T….
An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Water is an important element of Songkran, especially in more recent times when the throwing of water has become a huge part of the annual celebrations. Crowds of people roam around throwing buckets of water, using water pistols and just generally soaking anyone in the vicinity. Appreciation of family is another important aspect of the festival, with many Thai people making their way to their hometowns to spend time with older relatives. Buddhists also visit temples throughout Songkran where water is poured on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a mark of respect. Known as Songkran Day, the first day of the festival is an exuberant celebration with processions of Buddha images taking place throughout the country.
All rights reserved. Songkran, a festival marking the Thai New Year, is all about making a fresh start with a splash. The festival in Thailand kicks off on April 13 and usually lasts three days, though festivities can start early or end later in some cities. Water plays a major role in the festival. Symbolically it washes away the previous year so people can get ready for the next one. But many other Songkran traditions use water as well. People prepare for the new year by cleaning houses, schools, offices, and other public spaces. Many families wake up early during Songkran and visit Buddhist temples, where they bring offerings such as food and listen to monks as they preach. Buddhism is a religion practiced mostly in eastern and central Asia. Visitors sprinkle clean or scented water over statues of Buddha—the person believed to have started Buddhism—to represent purification and good fortune.