Thai New Year Celebrations 13-15th April
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year also known as The Biggest Water Fight Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, maybe even the WORLD!
When is Songkran in Thailand? Songkran festival will take place April 13th through the 15th, a festival that is the country’s traditional New Years Eve celebration. The Thai New Year always takes place in the hottest time of the year, so it’s the perfect time for water play.
The Songkran Festival is also known as the Thai New year or Thailand Water Festival, originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. However, today, the festival has changed into 3-5 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. Some water is normal temperature, but watch out for streams and buckets of iced cold water! It’s surprising!!!!
The annual Songkran Festival is commemorated on the same 3 days every year, however the celebration typically begins several days before and but ends at sundown the 15th. So be aware.
If you’re considering traveling to Thailand for Songkran be prepared to get soaked having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight. You’ll feel like a kid again. Everyone will get it on the fun (at least those brave enough to gather in the streets), spraying, dropping water from above and splashing each other. While a lot of the water will come from the usual water guns, hoses and buckets, wetting down passers by, there are party goer’s who will drive around with 44 gallons of water, catching everyone by surprise; it’s all in good fun and a fun way to cool off.
Chiang Mai has the biggest, most recognized Thailand Water Festival parade, which includes statues from local temples being carried out and paraded through the streets in celebration of this very special time of the year. One reason that Chiang Mai most likely commemorates Songkran more vigorously is that a large number of people come home to Chiang Mai and celebrate with their families and friends.
The Songkran celebrations held in Chiang Mai will giving you plenty of chances to have a great time getting wet which is also said to bring you good luck throughout the upcoming next year.
DON’T DRINK THE WATER!
Get a big water gun! Or at least a bucket.
Get “protection” including a waterproof phone and money holder, sunscreen, glasses and a hat (at least). Ear plugs are helpful.
It’s a day time activity, so put your water pistols away after dark and have a drink with your new friends.
It’s all for fun! So don’t get too upset if you get wet!
Have a great time playing Songkran!