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Songkran festival in Thailand

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Songkran ( Thailand's New Year Festival )

ON APRIL 13 TO 15

song-kran-festivalSongkran Festival is held annually from 13 to 15 April. The 13 th of April is the Great Songkran day featuring the revered Pra Phuttha sihing Buddha image parade around Chiang Mai town for bathing, sand pagoda forming, blessing of elders, and water splashing.

Keep your water guns at the ready and expect to get wet, wet, wet. Probably the most striking of all Thai festival, Songkran,  a Sanskrit word meaning ''assign'' or ''moving'' is the national holiday which marks Thailand's New Year and is time for great fetival across the Kingdom.

Songkran is also traditionally a time to spend with family. And respecting customs that include cleansing Buddha statues for good luck and visiting temple for prayer.

Keep your water guns at the ready and expect to get wet, wet, wet. Probably the most striking of all Thai festival, Songkran, a Sanskrit word meaning ''assign'' or ''moving'' is the national holiday which marks Thailand's New Year and is time for great fetival across the Kingdom.

If you're fortunate enough (or unfortunate,depending on how you look at it) to be on the streets of any town in Thailand during Songkran, expect lots of water fight- which you won't be able to escape, and people screaming ''Sawasdee Pi Mai'', or ''Happy New Year''.

songkranSongkran is also traditionally a time to spend with family. And respecting customs that include cleansing Buddha statues for good luck and visiting temple for prayer.

Stay indoors on the 13th of April - if you happen to be in Thailand. Or step out if you love water ... and getting wet! For it's a given that you won't escape the water pistols, the water balloons and buckets of water as the Thais celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year.

On New Year's Day, Thais pray to the Buddha, clean temples and houses, offer alms to the monks and sprinkle scented water on elders as a mark of respect. The pouring of water is symbolic of the cleansing of the spirit, mind and body. The water is also supposed to wash away bad luck - so consider yourself blessed if you get drenched! Happily, Songkran falls during the hottest time of the year and the water is a welcome relief.

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