This year’s Songkran Water Festival is between April 13th and 15th. If you don’t like water and are in Thailand, stay inside during this period.
Songkran heralds the beginning of the solar year. Mahasongkran is the last day of the solar year, Wan Nao is the day after and Wan Thaloeng Sok is the day when the New Year begins.
Thais pray to the Buddha on New Year’s day, clean temples and houses and offer alms to the monks. They also sprinkle water or wash their elders as a mark of respect.
The pouring of water is symbolic of cleansing the spirit, mind and body. It is also supposed to wash away bad luck.
April is also the hottest time of the year.