How do you like the sound of going to a 513 thousand square kilometre water party? You can do just that, annually in Thailand.
Songkran is an annual festival that marks the Thai New Year. The entire country stops for a few days to throw water and clay over each other. It signifies a bathing ritual to Buddha and is a LOT of fun!
It originally dates back to rituals where people would splash water on their relatives to promote health and happiness. Today…. It is something else!
I have personally had the Priveledge of celebrating a Thai New Year several years ago, purely by accident. A friend and myself spent a couple of nights in Bangkok en route the Phuket and due to jet lag and exhaustion, decided to spend the night in our hotel room eating chocolate. We were aware of some kind of festival taking place, but didn’t know much about it or have the energy to attend. There was a 7/11 over the road so we thought we would skip through the crowds, pick up some choccies and head back to the room. That didn’t happen. Within seconds of leaving our hotel, we were grabbed by locals and literally hosed down. We were carted off into the crowds and had strangers actually rubbing clay into our faces. I wasn’t going down without a fight so I ‘sourced’ myself a water pistol and started giving some back. At one point we were standing on the roof of an SUV dancing with the Thai’s and had the most incredibly fun evening. There was something so wonderful about the whole country – locals and tourists, joining together in one giant party and touching each other faces whilst laughing and ruining your make up!
The festival lasts anything from 1 day to 1 week, depending on where you are in Thailand. I could still see the after affects all over the place when I arrived in Phuket 3 days later.
Songkran 2016 starts on 13th April and I highly recommend it! Just don’t wear see through white shorts like I did!!!