Songkram is held on 13th April every year. Songkram literally means “astrological passage” meaning transformation or change.The term was borrowed from Makar Sangkrati 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 ones 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 colourful 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 occassion 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.
Next year I think I will be going to where Songkram is celebrated more traditionally with the elephants. But until then…
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 🙂