Thursday, April 12, 2012

Songkhran - Thai New Year

Songkhra ceremony of Song NamSongkhran , which occurs occurring at the hottest time of the year, will be from the 13th to the 15th of April) this year. The Thais will take a three day public holiday which will include April 16th and 17th (Monday and Tuesday).

Songkhran is the traditional celebration of the old Thai New Year. The holiday begins with Thai Buddhists visiting their local temple to perform the ceremony of Song Nam, where they sprinkle water on the Buddha images and on the hands of the monks as a good deed and to express confidence that the water supply will be adequate to last throughout the dry season.

In my office I was honored in a ceremony called Rod Nam Dam Hua, where the older men in my office had water poured over our hands and wish us luck for the up coming year. Yes, I'm that old.

In the streets, exuberant merrymakers will throw water at each other, and at you, by the bucket full. To add to the fun, talc is mixed with the water and may be daubed on your face. Songkran is the biggest and wettest party of the Thai year. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor there will be no escape, during Songkhran you will get wet!

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