Getting wet and wild for Songkran

As the traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is one of the biggest and most fun-filled holidays on the Thai calendar!

Dousing each other with water actually started as a traditional ritual of simply cleansing oneself to wash away the bad of the previous year, and renew oneself for the next… but as April is one of the hottest months of the year, it’s no wonder how the ritual has evolved! (Although I must add that this year’s Songkran was probably the coldest, like, ever on record–I was shivering most of the day)

Anyhoo, aside from the big outdoor water parties downtown, I just loved how there were groups of people—friends and family—just hanging out on corners all day, soaking each other and passersby alike. Rather than go to the party, they made a party for themselves at home: my favorite kind of party!

For a brief overview of the history of Songkran and its religious aspects check it out on Wiki here.

Our first encounter, less than 5 minutes after we’d left the hotel. Talc powder is also used but I guess since you can’t shoot talc from a water gun it’s not as appealing!
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We asked some local peeps working at our airport hotel and they directed us to the Shilom neighborhood. But when we got off at the Siam Center metro stop, we found a whopper of a party and just stayed there.

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