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Thailand is the Land of Smiles.

via Photo Challenge: Smile

yen and dum songkram


The Land of smiles and we will all most certainly be smiling come Friday 13th of April as it is the start of Songkram(n) which is the Thai New Year…

If you don’t want to mess up your newly coiffed costly hair style or extensions then stay indoors and don’t think that you can hold up in a bar and raise a glass to the revellers as nowhere is safe… You WILL still get wet…Very wet… SMILE!


All the shops are selling brightly coloured shirts and the staff are already wearing them on the tills of Tescos to the tiny corner shop…it is a time to be happy and joyous… The water pistols are many tiny ones with a backpack to hold extra water for the little ones to some big bad boys…lol

Aston Songkram 2014

Shops are doing a grand trade in paddling pools and water pistols…Anticipation is high everyone is ready…So Smile!

We are ALL expecting to get wet, very wet..Nowhere is safe unless you are in a bunker somewhere… People are wearing coloured wigs, dressed as frogmen..or dressed in very little…

Mike and co Songkran

So if you don’t want to get floured… Oh Yes! And watered  it can come via a bucket full or a fire hose…Yep! Everyone gets involved and wet!

All done with the biggest of SMILES….

Happy Songkram!



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