Monday, May 2, 2016

Songkran festival is a traditional festival celebrated in Thailand as the New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April, marks the end of the dry season – April is Thailand’s hottest month – and the beginning of the annual rains in the fifth month of the Thai lunar year. 

Thai people celebrate the birth of the Buddha by the spraying water on each other to wash away sorrow and bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.

In the early morning of ceremony, Thai people  go to the temple to make merits by bring fresh flowers and worshiped food to listen the lectures in temple; they line up in order and wait for monks spray water by twig to bless and good luck to everyone.

In the afternoon, they perform the bathing ceremony of the Buddha images and monks and novices who live in a temple. During this time, the younger people ask blessings from the elders. This is known as Water Splashing Feast. It might be said that the Songkran festival is the Respected festival to the elders or the Family Day.

After that, they will build many stupa by sand in the temple, plug the ceremony flag and flowers to celebrate that event. Then, they go to the main street, use all of water pumps, buckets, pots, especially water gun to spray water onto each other.

Besides the splashing water activity, during the festival, there are many parades, beauty contests are held.

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