Every year, from the 13th to the 15th of April, Thailand takes pride in its most popular festival, Songkran. The joyful water fights, traditional music, and breathtaking displays of dance performances make it an intriguing celebration. Here’s all you need to know about the Songkran.
Places to Celebrate
Most major cities in Thailand including Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai have the best celebrations you can find. The best way to gain easy access to these festivities is by staying at a Bangkok hotel in Sukhumvit such as the famous Gardina Asoke. Each city has its own way to celebrate Songkran. While massive water fights can be seen in Bangkok, more cultural and traditional festivities can be seen in Chiang Mai.
Traditions and Rituals
On the first day of Songkran, the locals clean their houses thoroughly to revitalise themselves. You will see parades on the streets featuring Buddha statues. The second day of the festival is considered the Thai New Year’s Eve, called Wan Nao. You will find locals engaging in spiritual ceremonies on this day and attending temples to worship. They leave their offerings at these temples on the 3rd day.
Tips for Tourists
It is best to wear comfortable clothing and bring a change of clothes with you as you will engage in the water fights. A waterproof bag or a pouch will come in handy to keep your belongings safe. It is imperative to always keep your cash and valuables safe and with you. Wear sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated as the festivals are held in the open, and it can be quite hot in the daytime.