Songkran is the Thai New Year, it is celebrated from 13 April to 15 April, and it is the most popular festival in Thailand. Everyone celebrates by having a big water fight in the street. April is the hottest time of the year and what better way to cool off from the heat and humidity by having a large water fight with your friends and family. It is a really great time to be in Thailand with everyone having fun.
The real meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, and welcome the New Year with a fresh new start.
Traditionally, the Thais would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours and they usually go visit the temples. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl has become a bucket, a garden hose and of course large water guns and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all, Thai, expat and tourist alike.
In Phuket the main Songkran day is 13 April. In Bangkok they celebrate from 13 – 15 April. Be prepared to get soaked while celebrating, but it is really good clean fun.
Ensure you dress appropriately, you will get wet and we also you carry any valuables in a waterproof bag.
Happy Songkran to everyone, we hope that you all have a great year ahead, enjoy the water fight 🙂