Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrating Songkran Festival



On April 13-15, 2013, Thailand will be once again embraced with a festive atmosphere as the world-renowned Songkran Festival gets celebrated. It is an important event that locals and foreigners alike cannot get enough of it. This explains while Singapore to Thailand flights are selling like hotcakes nowadays. Songkran is basically the most fun and exciting festival in Thailand and everybody is invited to partake in this momentous celebration.


During this festival, the whole nation turns literally ‘watery’ and ‘wet’. Buddha images are bathed and young people visit the elders to perform the rod nahm dum hua ceremony wherein the young ones pour scented water on the hands of the elders as homage.





In courtyards and monasteries, people also build sand replicas of stupas as part of the festival. They also set birds and fishes free.



But the fun begins when the locals and foreigners come out to the streets to splash water on each other. It’s a free-for-all water-throwing and it is customary to get wet. Armed with water guns, water hoses, and pails, people bond with each other in joy and exhilaration.


Songkran Festival is basically observed in all parts of Thailand. But the best place to celebrate it is in the northern province of Chiang Mai where events are held close to mayhem. Nonetheless, peace is observed and everything is just done for fun.



It is best to book Thailand tours which coincide with Songkran Festival early to avoid hassles. There would be no hesitations for sure. It will only be fun.


Get to know more how Thailand Celebrates Songkran Festival by checking out these resources:
* Highlight Thailand: The Rod-Nam-Dum-Hua Tradition
* Thai Buddhist: Building Sand Pagodas During Songkran
* Thailand Travel Online : Songkran Festival - Thailand New Year
* Travel Soon : Songkran Festival Thailand
* Thailand for Visitors
* Celebrating Songkran Festival in Thailand

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