Songkran, the Thai New Year, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand. It’s a nationwide water fight but that’s not all Songkran is about. The traditional pouring of water is a symbol of cleansing and to bring good luck and prosperity. Sometimes water is scented with fresh flower petals and herbs before pouring it on the shoulders of the Buddha and loved ones. The Thai people take this time to visit the temples to make merit and people wake up early to offer alms to the monks. The sprinkling of water on one another is a way to wash off the past year’s negativity and to offer a clean start to the New Year.
We spent Songkran in Hua Hin and just stuck to our own neighbourhood. It was a lot of fun but we could not, for the life of us, stay dry or escape the talcum powder that the Thai’s wanted to put on us (in our neighbourhood they politely asked us first if it was okay).
People lined the streets with barrels of water and most of them were packing huge water guns (Gordon found out quickly that he had to retire the small gun that he got for free with a purchase of something at 7-11). The streets were filled with pick-up trucks carrying people on the back hurling buckets of water at everyone that passed nearby. As the saying goes “if you can’t beat them then join them” and so we did along with many others. We went to the foam party and then we visited some people we knew that were playing ‘Songkran water fighting’ and we joined in for the fun.
The beach was surprisingly quiet and we tried to hang out there for a while to dry off but when we left we ended up soaked again, so we headed back to our ‘dry’ condo.
Sawasdee Pii Mai – Happy New Year