Songkran stands to be the most popular festival of Thailand that marks the beginning of the new solar year and the start of the summer season.
The Songkran Festival which is also the Thai New Year starts April 13th and last for three days, until April 15th. Three days of fun, water fights and no stop parties. The city of Bangkok hosts the largest party. Here travelers from around the world meet up with locals in Silom Road, Khao San Road and RCA. Friends and families celebrate Songkran by splashing water in the air and with water fights. Major streets are closed for traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other. Traditional parades are held and in some venues “Miss Songkran” is crowned where contestants are clothed in traditional Thai dress.
The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti literally “astrological passage“, meaning transformation or change. During New year Celebration lots of thai people go back to their hometowns to meet their elders. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday.
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