Songkran is Thai New Year that’s celebrated every 13-16 April. It’s a 3-day event where water is everything.
I started out Songkran at War Arun because I wanted to have a more traditional experience.
According to Wikipedia, mornings of Songkran begin with merit-making Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues and the young and elderly is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck.
It was nice to watch all the traditional rituals that take place during this time. I almost forgot Songkran was a water festival until I walked past a bunch of monks who flicked water at my to my surprise.
I headed to Silom as it is supposedly Songkran central. Even before I exited Sala Daeng BTS station, I could hear people shrieking.
It was about 11 AM by the time I arrived at Silom, but people were out and about with their water guns.
I walked unarmed around Sala Daeng and became a target. I got shot at by kids, adults and whoever noticed I was without a weapon.
It was definitely good fun even sans water gun. But after an hour or so, I was ready to get out of my wet clothes.
I was happy to experience both the traditional and the water fights. Now, I have to get water out of my ears.
สวัสดีวันปีใหม่ ค่ะ” (Sa-was-dee-wan-pee-mai kah!) Happy New Year!