Get to know about Songkran Festival

2018-04-11

Get to know about Songkran Festival

Get to know about Songkran festival?

        This can be a huge question for travelers about this festival. Why do people splash water to each other? Why do they put white powder on their faces? Are those really be a proper Songkran festival? In this blog, we will find out the answer.

       Songkran is the festival to celebrate Thai new year every 13th April of every year. We will celebrate it between 13th until 15th. During those days, Thai people will go back to their hometowns to stay with their parents and elders.

What can you do during Songkran festival rather than the water wars?

1.Wake up early in the morning and go to the temple to make merit such as releasing caged birds into the air, fishes into the river, offer food to the monks

2.Listen to the preaching of the monk

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3.Carrying sand back to the temple and build the sand castle

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4.Paying homage to ancestors who passed away

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5.Pour scented water over elders palms to ask for forgiveness and blessing also wish them good health and long life.

 

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6.Pour scented water over monk’s hands also bathing Buddha image

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Why do people use water gun and shoot at others?

Normally, this is not a real Songkran because the proper one we only pour scented water in other hands. We also ask permission from other first before pouring. But nowadays everything is changed. We adopt from using a bowl of the water gun. And yes, it's more fun.

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Is it alright to paint white power to other faces?

The answer is “YES” but you have to ask permission from those people first. Why? Because this is kind of respect to other especially from women. We paint only face not body. You will be caught by the police if you paint others face and body without asking permission.

 

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And now you already know what the proper Songkran is. Let’s enjoy the festival safely. Hope you enjoy Songkran festival.

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Author by Junior Land Field

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