Occurring in 13-15 April, Songkran also known as the Water Splashing Festival – is a celebration to mark the start of the Buddhist New Year. Buddha images are bathed, and younger Thais show respect to monks and elders by sprinkled water over their hands. Parades, dancing and folk entertainment mark the lunar change too, although getting wet is what Songkran is most famed for. Over the years the festival has morphed into all-out water war, with unsuspecting victims and eager participants being blasted by high powered super-soakers!
The real meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike.
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