Friday, June 25, 2010

Songkraan 2010

Every year in April, everybody in Thailand looks forward to the Thai New Year which they call, Songkraan. It's also a Water Fight Festival that lasts for three days. It's a national holiday so you can imagine the excitement and fun everyone has during those days. It's the biggest water fight in the world, after all! People load up big water containers on their truck bed and go around the town to splash everyone they see. Some just stay on the side of the road and wait for the trucks and motorbikes to come by.

April is the hottest month of the year. Thais pay homage to their lord Buddha to ask him to send the rain.

The older folks, usually 70 years old and above are seated in a row so the "younger" ones can bless them by pouring water on the shoulders and hands. We love this part of Thai culture -showing respect and bestowing honor to the older ones.

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