By Khajorn Wongfad (Half) - Published May 10, 2023
Songkran is a traditional festival celebrated in Thailand from April 13-15. It marks the Thai New Year and is also known as the water festival. The origins of this holiday is from ancient Hindu mythology and calendar that came to Thailand from India. Songkran is a term derived from Sanskrit संक्रान्ति saṅkrānti meaning 'to move' or 'movement'. It derives from the movement of the sun from one position to another in the zodiac.
During Songkran in Thailand, people engage in water fights and splash water on each other as a way to symbolically wash away the past year's misfortunes and sins. Many Thais like to welcome in the New Year with a fresh start by sprinkling water on Buddha statues for good luck.
Many people also make offerings to their ancestors and ask for blessings for the coming year. As a festival of unity, many people who have moved away return home to their family and elders. Paying reverence to ancestors is an important part of Songkran tradition.
If you are in Thailand, you can enjoy many traditional activities throughout the day. You can start in the mornings with a merit-making ceremony to offer food to the Buddhist monks at a local temple. You can also enjoy water fights and traditional parades where the “Lady Songkran" or "Miss Songkran" is crowned from contestants in traditional Thai dress.
During the festival, many people wear bright colorful clothes and sing traditional Thai New Year songs. Most people like to relax and enjoy family gatherings or parties with friends during the long holiday. Places like Pattaya and Khaosan Road in Bangkok usually hold major water fights.
At Delta Electronics Thailand, we join in the festive occasion by participating in the water throwing ritual wearing a traditional Thai sash. Let's embrace the joy and happiness that comes with this special occasion and make memories that will last a lifetime. Happy and prosperous Songkran to all!
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Khajorn Wongfad (Half)
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