Songkran – also known as the Water Splashing Festival – is a celebration to mark the start of the Buddhist New Year. Buddha images are bathed, and younger Thais show respect to monks and elders by sprinkled water over their hands.
What do people throw on each other for Songkran in Thailand?
People celebrate Songkran by throwing water at each other in the streets. It is exciting. It is also known as the Water Festival.
How do Thai celebrate New Year?
For the January New Year’s celebration, Thai people often exchange gifts with friends and family members. It’s also common for them to pay a visit to their local temple so that they can make merit, participate in temple rites and otherwise ring in the coming year.
What happens on the first day of Songkran?
Then in 1940, this date was shifted to 1 January. The traditional Thai New Year Songkran was transformed into a national holiday. Celebrations are famous for the public water fights framed as ritual cleansing.
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How do you greet someone in Songkran festival?
Expressions in Thai to celebrate Songkran
- Sawasdee pee maï thaï kha / krap. Happy thai new year !
- Suk san wan pee maï thaï kha / krap. Happy New Year’s day !
- Suk san wan Songkran kha / krap. Happy Songkran !
- Thiao haï sanook na kha / krap. Enjoy your holidays. …
- Len Songkran haï sanook na kha / krap. Enjoy playing Songkran !
Which countries celebrate Songkran?
Songkran is a term derived from the Sanskrit word, saṅkrānti (or, more specifically, meṣa saṅkrānti) and used to refer to the traditional New Year celebrated in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna, China.