Songkran

April 13th to 15th

The Songkran Festival is an amazing event in Thailand which is used to welcome the New Year. It is one of Thailand's grandest and most important events. The Songkran Festival is a time when family and friends gather to pay gratitude to elders and visit temples for prayer and offering. Depending on the area within the country, the celebration can last between 3 to 10 days.

During the festival the Thai people cleanse and pour water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images. The festival also showcases a bathing ritual where the people pour water on the senior Buddhist monks. This process is believed to bring good luck to them. After that, the chief monk will give a sermon and bless those who attend this bathing ritual.

In order not to bring bad luck into the New Year, it is a tradition that all houses are completely cleaned a day before the celebration. Buddha images are paraded from one street to the other, allowing Thai people to shower them with water. The young people pay gratitude and also show a sign of respect to elders in a sacred ritual, which involves pouring scented water on their hands and also giving them new clothes. The festival also involves merry making, presenting offerings to monks, releasing birds and fishes into river, paying respect to elders, building sand pagodas, listening to sermons and, more importantly, the splashing of water. The Thai believe that all of these rituals bring longevity, good health and prosperity to those that participate.

In several cities across the country, locals celebrate the Songkran festival by splashing water over themselves with a word of blessing. Most young Thai people use pump-action water guns and pump buckets to soak themselves. This water festival is one of the highly cherished and most popular events in Thailand. This festival offers loads of excitement while welcoming in the traditional Thai New Year. Other fun-filled activities include beauty contests, local sporting activities, carnivals and parades.

Compared with other Thailand's festival, Songkran is known to be the best.

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