The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, from Sanskrit saṃkrānti, "astrological passage") is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.
The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks.
13 APRIL 2009, BANGKOK :
All messed up from Songran!!
Btw, Songkran or Thai New Year is celebrated with water splashing.. the streets were filled with people splashing water, shooting with waterguns, and wiping each other faces with white powder...
all messy and dirty...
more amazingly, there were even live bands and the firemens participating in this grand event in silom street and khaosan street!! but we didnt manage to capture them on film... need a waterproof camera for that, haha!
happy songkran = THIS GUY CARRIES A HUGE WATERGUN, BEWARE!!
the cars and taxis were not left out... tuk-tuks passengers were all wet!
i remember leaving finger prints marks on every car we saw, wahaha!! happy songran festival!!
Songran festival: people equiped with water guns and pails of water... even on vehicles.. searching for victims.. noone is spared!
So, everyone, wishing you a good HAPPY SONGKRAN FESTIVAL!!!
If you are planning a water party, count me in! ^^
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