Songkran in Thailand
Songkran is the traditional New Year's celebration in Thailand, which takes place from April 13th to 15th each year. It is also known as the "Water Festival" because it involves water fights and splashing, which symbolizes cleansing and renewal.
During Songkran, people typically gather with family and friends to visit temples, offer prayers, and pour water on Buddha statues as a sign of respect and purification. They may also engage in traditional cultural activities, such as the building of sand pagodas, which represent the purification of the mind.
However, the highlight of the festival is the water throwing, where people engage in playful water fights on the streets, using water guns, buckets, and hoses. The water is believed to wash away the bad luck of the previous year, bringing in good luck and prosperity for the coming year.
Songkran is also a time for reunions and a chance for people to return to their hometowns to spend time with family and friends. It is a fun and lively celebration that is enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike.