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Jessica Mifsud

Thai Songkran Celebrations

Mae Jum Songkran pouring water on Buddha Statue   Songkran is a traditional Thai New Year festival that takes place on the 13th to 15th of April each year. It is one of the most important celebrations in Thailand, and is marked by colourful parades, water fights, and other festive activities. In this blog, we will explore the history and traditions of Songkran, and how it is celebrated in modern-day Thailand.

The Origins of Songkran

Songkran has its roots in ancient Indian traditions, and is believed to have been brought to Thailand by Buddhist monks. The word "Songkran" comes from the Sanskrit word "saṃkrānti", which means "to move into a new astrological sign". In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated as a time of renewal and purification, with water being used to symbolically wash away bad luck and bring good fortune for the coming year.

Songkran Traditions

One of the most iconic traditions of Songkran is the water festival, where people take to the streets with water guns and buckets to engage in friendly water fights. This tradition is believed to have originated from the practice of pouring water over Buddha statues as a sign of respect and cleansing. Today, the water festival has become a fun and festive way to cool off during the hot Thai summer, and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.   Another important tradition of Songkran is the pouring of scented water on the hands of elders as a sign of respect and gratitude. This is known as "rod nam dum hua", and is a way to show appreciation for the wisdom and guidance of older generations. In addition to these traditions, Songkran is also marked by colourful parades, traditional dances, and the offering of food and alms to monks.   Mae Jum Songkran pouring water over hands  

Songkran in Modern-Day Thailand

In modern-day Thailand, Songkran has become a national holiday, with many businesses and government offices closed for several days. The water festival remains a popular tradition, with major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai hosting large-scale celebrations that attract visitors from around the world. Tourists are often encouraged to participate in the water fights, and many hotels and restaurants offer special Songkran-themed promotions.   Despite its modern-day popularity, Songkran remains an important cultural tradition in Thailand, and a time for families and communities to come together in celebration and reflection. Whether you are a local or a visitor, experiencing Songkran in Thailand is a truly unforgettable experience that showcases the rich culture and traditions of this vibrant country.   Mae Jum Songkran water fight
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1 Comment

  1. Lauren

    Thank you for sharing about this wonderful sounding tradition! I’d love to visit Thailand during the festivities. So pleased I found your fantastic pastes. Happy Songkran!


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