Most people may know only about the water fights that come along with the annual Songkran Festival, and perhaps a little bit about the traditions of the Thai New Year, but let’s find out a bit more!
Water plays a strong role in Thai culture. It not only symbolizes fertility and refreshment, but also prosperity and purification. Since water weaves its way through almost every part of Thailand, Thai people have been using water for travel, agriculture, and incorporating in some forms of artwork for centuries, Songkran is also no exception.
The reason that Thai people established Songkran as the Thai New Year is because April is the month after the harvesting season when the farmers would finally have their long resting period. They could celebration and hold festivals during this long vacation, as well as also make merit, giving food to the monks, going to temples, and doing fun activities with the family. They usually gathered with all the extended family, so it was the best time to have a celebration to cherish such prosperities of life and community.
Before the day of celebration, people would clean their homes and prepare new clothes as well as food and desserts for monks and
So, you see, there is quite a bit more to Songkran than just water fights! If you ever have a chance to see how the locals do it, you will fall in love with some of these traditions!