Songkran Festival 2019 – When is it and How is it celebrated?
What is Songkran?
Songkran Festival is the Thai New Year’s Festival which takes place every April. It is also Thailand’s biggest and most famous water festival In Thailand . It marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year.
Songkran is derived from a Sanskrit word saṃkrānti which literally translates to “astrological passage” and means ‘passing’, ‘approaching’, ‘change’, or ‘transformation’. The official holiday runs from the 13th up to the 15th of April but the festivities may last a week or more.
The traditional way of celebrating the water festival involves Thai people splashing water on their elders, family members, close friends, and neighbors as a way of looking for good fortune. They also visit temples and pay homage to the images of Buddha.
Modern Songkran Day Celebrations
The celebration of SongKran has evolved over the years and is now characterized by crowds of people, including tourists, roaming around and soaking each other. This involves gathering along the streets using water pistols, water hoses, and super soakers, throwing buckets of water, and basically soaking anyone they can see around them.
Although the celebration of Songkran may have evolved, a lot of Thai people still use this holiday as an opportunity to head to their hometowns and spend time with their families and relatives. Buddhists, on the other hand, visit temples and pour water on the images of Buddha and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a sign of respect.
When is Songkran Festival?
Songkran Festival 2019 will take place on the 13th to the 15th of April. Before Thailand adopted the international New Year’s Day in 1940, Songkran was dependent on the Lunar calendar of the Thai. Now, it is fixed every 13th to 15th of April for each year. The festivities vary depending on which part of the country you are in.
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