In Thailand, the coming of the New Year is accompanied by a three-day festival called Songkran. This year, the festival took place from April 13-15.
This festival also has the reputation of being the wildest water fight in the world! Fortunately, it also coincides with the hottest month of the year, and people don't mind getting wet.
Songkran is one of Thailand’s largest holidays, attracting not only locals but tourists from around the world. Traditionally, the festival has its roots in the religion of Buddhism and is about cleansing, purification, and a fresh start. Buddhists will take this time to visit temples to provide offerings, pour water over Buddha statues as a symbol of cleansing, and watch parades. Be prepared to have a white powder smeared over your faces as a blessing!
In addition, people clean their houses, wear bright clothing, and visit family. On the streets, parties, dancing, drinking, and water fights take place. In Chiang Mai City (northern Thailand), it’s impossible to escape a soaking. People of all ages participate, spraying water on each other with water guns, buckets, and pretty much anything they can find. This is seen as a way to get rid of bad luck and symbolizes a new beginning.
Sounds like a fun way to usher in the New Year, isn't it!