Songkran…Thai New Year …13th April 2021…

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 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 carry a water gun or hose pipe….fully loaded and ready to soak you…haha…

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.

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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.. of course, they are all of past times as Songkran for the second year running has been put on hold ..no water fights and parties we have been told to stay home and celebrate quietly as lots of regulations have been put in place in many provinces because of Covid…stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy…see you next time. Much love Carol 🙂

Thank you once again for reading this post see you tomorrow xx

37 thoughts on “Songkran…Thai New Year …13th April 2021…

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  2. marianbeaman

    This is a festival I knew nothing about: the Thai New Year being in April. I like that it includes wigs, colourful shirts and water guns.

    Of course, I do believe in fresh starts and like the idea of transformation as one cycles through the year. Thanks, Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It really is a lovely joyous celebration, Marian some Southern provinces of India New Year is also celebrated on the same day…and anything with water is a great way especially in this heat to have fun and celebrate…the shirts are fun even the shop assistants wear them everyone dresses in such bright coloured shirts a shame for safety reasons we couldn’t celebrate this year like last year but hopefully and we have that…. next year we can dust of our water pistols…The house cleaning still went ahead though that’s one thing we could all do safely…lol…Have a lovely week, Marian 🙂 xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is fun, Pete you can indulge your inner child but alas not this year… hopefully next year it will all beback to normal although I’m not counting on that at the moment 🙂 x

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I’d never heard of Songkran before. I bet the kids love this day. Nice to see adults getting into the spirit of things too.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It’s a gret leveller, Pete we are all kids over Songkran although this year no water fights or celebrations its very muted… hopefully next year we can celebrate Songkran as it should be celebrated …getting wet x

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