We are HOT, really HOT at Ran-Tong and Songkran festival coming soon…really soon, so why not celebrate the Thai New Year’s Day in a different way, like bathing and playing mud with our elephants?
For who doesn’t know:
“Songkran” (meaning transformation or change), is a traditional celebration of the Thai New Year, which is following the Buddhist solar calendar and that’s why is not celebrated on December 31st as most of western countries. According to the culture of the local people, this festival differs a little between the four Thai regions. In Chiang Mai we celebrate the New Year, not only playing water, but also with fireworks & firecrackers to repel bad luck on April 13 and going to the temple bringing food to the monks and asking the elders for their blessing the day after. Songkran is not only a holiday known for its iconic water fights, but also a celebration rich with symbolic traditions.
Some useful tips to “survive” this celebration:
- If you want to stay dry, please stay inside (nobody will listen to you on the street)
- Everybody plays, from young to elders, have fun and be happy
- Save your valuables in a waterproof bag or pouch (available everywhere)
- Be extra careful from theft and lost, it’s easier to be a victim during those occasions
- Keep your valuables at home and take only the necessary
- Wearing glasses is a good way to protect your eyes from water sprayed to you
- Don’t swallow the water, you don’t know where it come from.
- The best way to get around during Songkran festival is by foot or by public transport, if you drive you may risk an accident
- “sawadee pee mai” is the Thai word for “Happy New Year”
- Never throw water to monks as they are respected by Thai people
Happy New Year 2560 from Ran-Tong team