Songkran Water Festival
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Until the mid-1900s, Thailand (together with Malaysia and Siam) celebrated only their traditional new year, Songkran, on April 13 of each year, not the typically global January 1st; that’s because they were on the Buddhist calendar. Although for world business purposes, the new year is set at January, Thailand continues to celebrate its traditional and ancient Songkran.
How would you say Happy New Year to a Thai person? “Sah-wah-dee pee mai.” Why is it a “water festival”? During Songkran (extended a few days so people can get home for the event) people pour water over statues of Buddha, as well as young and elderly people, the intent being to wash away their sins and/or bad luck.
Because so much water is tossed around during the celebration, attendees tend to wear clothing that will dry quickly, and never white. We hear that loud Hawaiian-style short are the go-to apparel. It sounds like a fun, easy way to wash away your negatives once a year.