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For those of you who do not know how and why Thai celebrate Songkran, keep reading and we’ll tell you why.
Here are some facts about Songkran:
The Songkran Festival will be held from 13 to 15 April in Thailand.
Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season.
The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People stay the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby.
The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder.
Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100°F or 40°C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles.
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