Water Festival, Songkran Day: The worldwide famous Thai Traditional New Year.
In the middle April, this is the hottest period of Thailand.I think no one would refuse what I have just said.Temperature might rise to 40 degree in some part of the country. However, people still enjoy this kind of weather because this is the time of Water Festival.
Local people as well as tourists come out to celebrate this hot month by throwing water to others. The festival are hold in every province and local town. The famous place for joining the festival in is at Khao San road in Bangkok where you are supposed to get wet and white with wet powder. You might be surprise with a big and colourful plastic water guns which can be your weapon in this water festival. In some town like Chiangmai city, it is also the popular place for this festival.People come to celebrate around the city canal. How good to get wet in the middle of summer.
However, what I have said it’s not the core of Songkran festival. It’s just a part of it. Songkran festival is not celebrated only in Thailand. It is the New Year celebration accordingly to the local tradition, based on lunar calendar. If you visit Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar and some part of India, you can also join this festival since they all share the same tradition which have their roots from ancient Indian culture.
Songkran period is also the long holiday for people to return home to visit their parents. On 13 of April, In the morning, Thai people offer food to the monk, the same way as Buddhist festivals then during the day, as the culture of adult respectation, it’s the time to visit parents or relatives to give them and ask them for blessing. Moreover, watering the Buddha statue, the representative of The Lord Buddha is the important ceremony to pay homage to The Lord Buddha.
For tourists, I know that many people come to Thailand in this period with the purpose to attend this festival. You can go to everywhere to get wet. As I mentionwd, Khao San road is the most popular place in Bangkok. The road will be closed around 3 days normally from 13-15 of April to let people have a big water party. The road will be wet and whitened by wet powder. No worry if you don’t have a weapon for shooting the water to others. You can buy one there and many bring it home as a souvenir from Thailand. Good luck and be prepare to get wet.