With Christmas and New Year celebrations out of the way and we head into 2017, the country looks towards its next big festival, which happens to be the biggest and most fun of them all: Songkran!
Officially held between 13-15 April (although it normally takes up five days), the huge water festival marks the start of the Thai New Year. Traditionally, the splashing of water symbolizes the return of the rainy season - which for a country that relies heavily on rice production - is definitely something worth celebrating. Buddhists also believe that pouring water over each other ‘cleanses’ the soul, and washes away any bad luck ready for the new year.
But it’s not all about tradition. Songkran, particularly nowadays in places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, sees crowds of locals and tourists take to the streets armed with water guns, super soakers and colorful accessories, which creates one giant water fight. Add in loud music and alcohol, and the results can be pretty crazy! If that’s not enough, expect locals to add ice to the water to make it extra cold; you’ll never want to complain about Thailand’s heat again...
To make Songkran 2017 in Thailand the best ever, it’s important to consider a few things, such as what to wear, how to splash and how to stay safe! See our infographic below on how to survive Songkran!
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