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Songkran Day - Thailand's Festival

Updated on April 17, 2008

Songkran Day - The biggest Thai festival of the year.The coolest water-throwing festival for Thailand peoples.

Songkran starts on 13th April of every year and lasts for 3 days. 3 days of great fun with new cloths, hotest food with cool music.

Sanskrit meaning of the Songkran is the beginning of a new Solar Year. April 13 is Maha Songkran Day or the day to mark the end of the old year, April 14 is Wan Nao which is the day after and April 15 is Wan Thaloeng Sok which the New Year begins.

On 13th afternoon , Buddha images are bathed as part of the ceremony. In ancient days old people were actually given a bath and clothed presented by the young peoples as a token of respect for the New Year. But now a days young people pour scented water into the hands of elders for seeking the blessing of the older people and also as a mark of respect.

Bangsukun - One of the important activity to be done during this Festival. It performed in sacred memory of the dead. When a person died and was cremated, the ashes and charred bones of common people were buried. On Songkran Day a religious service in sacred memory to the dead is officiated by a monk or monks at the place where the ashes and the bone have been deposited.

There i one myth behind water-throwing. It is said that Nagas or mythical serpents brought on rain by spouting water from the seas. The more they sponted, the more rain there would be during coming season.

Read story associated with the origin of Songkran Festiva.

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