For the first time in my life, I came to Thailand to celebrate their New Year which is known as Songkran Water Festival which falls on 13th – 15th of April. It is now one of the most happening festival in Thailand during that period for the year.As I understand Songkran is something similar like Chinese New Year that it was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors. People celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: ????????) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city’s important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually ‘bathing’ the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.Some people make New Year resolutions – to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.
People in a tuk tuk getting soaked during Songkran in Chiang Mai
The use of chalk (Thai: ????????) is also very common having originated in the chalk used by monks to mark blessings.
The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder. Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100°F or 40°C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles. (abstract from wikipedia)
The usual fight that we will equip ourself during this festival which is no stranger to our childhood memories are widely used ‘Water Gun’, besides this, you can use a pail, or any item that can store water to splash it on people/ passer-by.
Lets head back to my story, continue of my previous post that during the eve for the night. After had walk around and nothing much to shop, then we decided to join the party as our newly bought water guy had pass it to Karen and the rest, Kenji and Me went back to the hotel to gear ourself up!
We called it a night again, when most of us are already on 70% and went to eat at the same place, but this time we get to eat and watch ‘Muay Thai’ one of a martial art from Thailand.
Before heading back, we head to the same place that previously we went for the night as the bass here is geng! With the KaipTan Jon already high. . .
This is what happen when we are too excited. and seriously this is more heavy than carrying a buffalo. wkakakaka~
The next morning before we pack up and head back, we went for last round of water fighting during the day time. It was the official day of the water festival and its more fun than the night before.
The war is even greater, with whole street, every one that pass by will be totally drench from inside out.
Catch: equip your water with ICE WATER! it just makes you shiver and jump like a monkey or stand there stun for a few second, if you got splash with a bucket if freezing ice cold water.
This is one of the most happening street in Hatyai for this festival. Whole strech of the road filled with people and for cars purposely to pass by.
When you try to take a nice picture, you will never be at ease. . . you will be attack by many directions, so the picture can end up just like this instead of the normal kawaii post~
This is what happen! With no car passing by, they run out and attack motocycle. . .
If there are a car pass by with back load of people, this is how they got ambush!
Songkran never makes you feel old, even the mature generation are into it, by . . . . . .
Attttaccckkkkkk….. (to hire a truck to tour you around with a big pale of water cost RM400-RM500 per truck) our next choice next year!
A statue is there is for you to take a bottle of water to pour over it from top to bottom for blessing purpose~
Take a break with the police, and the police was not even got spare, who ever pass them, they will spray on the police also..
After the event, the car will be parade through to circle around the area . . .
One of the best New Year that I ever went and looking forward for more. . .
and this is what I mean, freaking cold water to be splash on you!
Signing off Songkran 2010 at Hatyai. . . Already start planing for 2011 water festival next destination! Astala Vista babeh~ See you guys at 2011. . . . .
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