My Songkran Experience: It’s a Thai custom paying respect to each other
This guy told us that Songkran Day is not just a water fight but it is a Thai customs of paying respect to each other. It is a time for all Thai nationals to return to their hometown and have a family reunion, pay respect to elders and parents and visits the temple making merit. It serves as symbolic Thai traditions to pour water to senior’s hands and give blessing to youngster for good fortune.
What is Songkran?
Songkran is the Thai New Year, which falls on 13 April every year but also includes the 14th and 15th as part of the celebration. Songkran is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘astrological passage’, referring to a period of transition or change.
There are several ways in which Thais celebrate this important festival. During the mornings, people flock to their local temples to make merit by offering food to the monks, or perhaps by donating construction materials, or even by releasing wild animals as a good deed.
Pouring water over Buddha statues is another way of celebrating, with the water symbolizing the washing away of sins and misfortune. People also return to their home villages and towns to visit their elders and demonstrate respect by pouring water over the hands of their older relations.
Then, of course, there is the water festival, which involves dousing everyone you can get your hands on with water and chalk as a means of purification – and fun of course. There are also traditional processions and beauty contests held during the festival.