Songkran festival marks the traditional New Year’s Day by the Buddhist Community in Thailand. It is an annual three-day celebration from April 13 to 15 and the world’s biggest water fight in the street. Traditionally, Thais politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours. Songkran is an occasion for family reunions, temple visit and annual house cleaning.
Another important religious ritual on Songkran is ‘Bathing the Buddha image’, in which devout people pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home. People pour water to each other which they believe is a way to wash away all the bad luck from the previous year and substitute it with the good luck instead. Songkran festival gives way for young individuals to show their respect to elders usually by pouring fragrant water on their hands and by offering prayer for them. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, this is the best time to visit and experienced the Songkran Festival week. You can watch the video here, and see how people enjoy the New Year’s Day in Thailand.