A Guide to Songkran in Thailand
A Water-Filled New Year Festival with a Difference
Welcome to Thailand, where the streets are about to get wet and wild! That’s right, it’s time for Songkran, the country’s most exciting festival. If you’re planning on travelling here during this time, get ready to experience a cultural celebration unlike any other.
What is Songkran?
Songkran is Thailand’s traditional New Year festival, which takes place from the 13th to the 15th of April each year. It’s celebrated throughout the country, and up north, celebrations can sometimes last for up to a week. The festival marks the beginning of the Thai solar calendar, and it’s a time for renewal as well as for families to come together to pay respect to their elders and make merit at local temples; of course, when based at properties such as Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort in the Thai capital, it’s also a period to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with water!
One of the most exciting parts of Songkran is the water fights. During the festival, it’s tradition to pour water over each other as a symbol of cleansing and renewal. This tradition has evolved into a full-blown water fight, with people armed with water guns and buckets ready to soak anyone who crosses their path. Be prepared to get wet from head to toe as you walk through the streets be it while staying at a Bangkok resort or Chiang Mai hotel; the great thing is, visitors can join in the water fights too!
Food & Cultural Performances
Songkran is also a time for feasting and enjoying traditional Thai food. You’ll find street vendors selling everything from spicy papaya salad to grilled meat skewers. Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about Thai culture, you won’t want to miss the traditional performances at this time; you’ll see everything from dance performances to live music and get a chance to find out more about the country’s rich history and traditions.
Surviving Songkran 101
If you’re planning on joining in the fun of Songkran, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. First, wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Second, protect your phone and other valuables by keeping them in a waterproof bag. Third, be prepared for the crowds and bring plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Finally, if joining in the water fights, remember not to throw water on monks or the elderly and be respectful of the local customs and traditions.