One of the coolest festivals (and I mean that in every sense) is Songkran Festival in Thailand. We were lucky enough to find ourselves in Chang Mai during the holiday and took part in the World’s Largest Water Fight for 4 days!
Chang Mai is certainly the most exciting place to celebrate Songkran. A significant cultural city of the country filled with tradition, temples, the old city and even a beautiful moat. There is no place I would rather be during the Water Festival.
We really need to change our New Years celebrations here in North America. South East Asia has the right idea. Celebrated in Burma, Laos and Vietnam also, the water festival rings in the Traditional Thai New Year which just happens to be the hottest time of the year. It takes place from April 13-15, but while we were in Chang Mai, the festivities started on the 10th.
There is a ceremony and ritualistic side to Songkran, Buddha images are bathed, young people pay respect to their elders, people visit temples to pray and pour water in the hands of monks. Traditionally the water has been scented with roses and it is also considered the time of year for spring cleaning.
Yes, there is a deep tradition to Songkran and people take that very seriously. However, our Songkran consisted of 4 days of solid cheer, goodwill and at times painfully cold douskings of water.
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