Songkran is the Thai traditional New Year and occasion for family reunion.
At this time, people from the rural areas who are working in the city usually return to theirs home and celebrate festival with theirs family.
The festival falls on April13,
Songkran is a Thai word which mean “move” or “change place” as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac.
It’s also known as “water festival” as people believe that water will wash away bad luck.
Traditional begins with early morning merit-making, offering food to Buddhist monk,
releasing animals to freely.
Paying homage to one’s ancestors is an important part of day.
Youngers will pay their respects to elders by pouring scented water over the palms of hands.
The elders in return wish the youngers good luck and prosperity.
In afternoon after performing a bathing rite for Buddha images and monk,
The celebrants both young and old, joyfully splash water on each other.
Hope all will enjoy this upcoming festival :)
You can read more about it here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_(Thailand) and ofcosue the best place to be is in Chiang Mai….:)
Patarathron & Brian Hansen