Songkram….Thai New Year

Songkran is held on 13th April every year. Songkran literally means “astrological passage” meaning transformation or change. The term was borrowed from Makar Sankranti a Hindu festival celebrated in India to mark the arrival of spring. Coinciding with the rising of Aries in the astrological calendar, this festival is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar, which is on many calendars of the south and south-east Asia.

It is a time when water is used to cleanse and purify by washing away one’s sins. It is also a time when people return to their home provinces to celebrate with family and friends.

There is much fun and laughter and if you don’t wish to get soaked ..then stay home…Everyone wears bright coloured shirts and most support a water gun or hose pipe.

The additional of talcum powder is also used so it is advisable to wear some sort of eye protection though most don’t.

It is a fun occasion for the young and the not so young to enjoy a fun-filled day. The wigs, colourful shirts and water guns of all sorts, it brings the child out in everyone.




Wherever you venture there will be water for me I just have to hold out my hands and water is poured over my hands and I am blessed..One of the perks of being older …Respect 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these few pictures..have a lovely weekend, stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy…see you next time. Much love Carol 🙂

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

11 thoughts on “Songkram….Thai New Year

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi, Thank you, Marian. Thailand is steeped in tradition which is one of the things I love and Songkram is a very happy time I mean who doesn’t love to let out their inner child and play with water on a hot sunny day 🙂 xxx


    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you Steph. I hope you have great weekend also I am doing some research on Salt Cookware at the moment I started a while ago and shelved it and my reblog on Salt block recipes etc has rekindled my interest 🙂

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      1. blondieaka Post author

        It’s a cool of cooking and healthy, I use Himalayan salt anyway this is just the next step for me and I am looking for a product to sell also so this may be it..exciting:)

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you Lynz it is a lovely happy celebration and it cools you down..ha ha…and thank you for reblogging the Salt block article I have been looking at buying one for while and have reblogged and will be buying one now. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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