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Experience Songkran Festival in Thailand

Apr 18, 2008
Songkran, also known as the Water Splashing Festival, is the traditional Thai New Year festival which lasts for 3 full days each year in April. In some parts of Thailand this festival lasts even longer than 3 full days.

Songkran is a Thai word which implies "move" or 'change place" because this day is characterized by the sun relocating from its real position in the zodiac. It is also called as the water festival as Thai people believe by getting splashed with water bad luck will be eliminated and the good will, prosperity will occur in their life.

You will not get too many opportunities better than this to enjoy the holiday and mingle with your friends and family members as the people who work to the periphery of the city they return to their home to be a part of this festival. Songkran is a traditional festival and before its arrival people care upon environment in a combined fashion to brighten their houses, public places, temples and official buildings.

Thai people display their traditional culture during the festival. They gently pour the water on Buddha images and the monks then do the same on elders and receive the best wishes from them. Once you are on the streets of Bangkok, you cannot term it "gently pouring water" anymore. People choose this occasion to have a fun water fight with water guns in all hues and shapes and people really relishing the opportunity.

Even though it is celebrated across the city, the most popular places are Sanam Luang, Khao Sarn Road, in front of the Grand Palace where many people come to celebrate the Songkran festival. Also Songkran cultural activities will be held in the premises of the National Museum. Some extra activities will be held to make it more heart-warming which includes DJs playing all kinds of music, people splashing water on each other and covering their faces with powder as well as partying on the streets.

Lot of tourists enjoy visiting Bangkok during the Songkran day and they also engage themselves in these activities. If you prefer to go out during the festival then don't forget to wear the most wretched clothes or buy a cheapest one because you will be soaked in water for sure. People usually don't carry mobile phone and camera with them once the celebration reaches the peak because it will be very difficult to guard all these things.

There will be a huge crowd on the street and some of them will be employing the bucket and water gun for splashing water. The best (or worst) experience is to stand a splash of cooled down ice-water. The Songkran day, which is known as the Thai New Year brings makes people even more happy and animated and they eagerly wait for this festival each year. They relish each and every moment of these four days and instill joy to their life.

Every nuke and corner of Thailand takes part in this festival and for tourists as well this will be an occasion to cherish. One thing is assured; there is will be no shortage for fun and joy.
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