Songkran by Asienreisender

The ‘water festival’, called ‘songkran’ marks the Buddhist new year and is celebrated since several centuries. It’s every year in April, according to a Buddhist lunar calendar. This year, 2013, it came from April 13th to the 15th. Songkran is celebrated in Thailand as in Laos, partially also in Burma/Myanmar, south China and Cambodia. In it’s old tradition there is a custom to sprinkle people’s hands with a small amount of water. That happened in a very gentle way, meaned symbolically. Since April is the hottest month in Indochina it’s kind of a relief to be cooled down with a bit of water.

But things are no more as they were. Songkran run wild…

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