Round up “Grand Songkran Celebrations” in Bangkok and 12 major destinations around the Kingdom. These include festivities in Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Chon Buri, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, and Songkhla with event dates varying, with some starting as early as 7 April and running until 20 April. The Amazing Songkran 2018 events in five emerging secondary destinations known for unique traditions in celebrating the Thai New Year: Sing Buri, Chanthaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Kalasin, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Dates also vary between 11 and 17 April.
“Songkran Splendours” The root of the word comes from Sanskrit, meaning ‘transformation’or ‘change’, to be specific, the transformation of the zodiac signs.
Songkran Festival has been the Thai New Year celebration for centuries. The festival symbolizes hospitality, love, and relationship in families, communities, and society as a whole.This celebration takes place in mid-Summer, while the sun moves to Aries on the astrologer’s chart. Therefore, water is used to cool down the heat, as well as to show respect and receive blessings from older relatives and pray for those who have passed away. As for community bonding, activities that take place during this celebration include building sand pagodas, making merit, and throwing water at each other. Moreover, as a part of the tradition, it is also a big cleaning day, which creates a sense of community.
“The main activity is pouring this scented water on sacred Buddha images of local temples in a ritual called Song Nam Phra. Lustral water used to clean Buddhist statues has been regarded as a form of spiritual cleansing since ancient times. It is collected and then gently dripped over the hands of senior family members for luck in a ritual called Rot Nam Dam Hua.”
In Kamphaeng Phet, where retro-traditions for Songkran are held along the Ping River, there is another Buddha image wrapping procession. The Phrae Wa silk city and dinosaur excavation sites in Kalasin are prominently featured as its two time-honoured symbols of the Songkran tradition.
In the present the date of the ‘Great Songkran’ (Mahasongkran) or the ‘New Year’ is set on the 13 of April, the date that the sun moves from Pisces to Aries, Songkran festival consists of 3 full days of making merit. Mahasongkran day or the New Year’s Eve falls
“Songkran is one of Thailand’s most important festivals. It is a time when families celebrate with centuries-old traditions, returning to their family homes for three to five days of making merit and water splashing ceremonies, which invokes sins being washed away with scented water. In Sing Buri, the celebration is centred around the ancient Ban Bang Rachan, an important settlement during the Ayutthaya period. Chanthaburi’s Wat Tapon Noi and Wat Kwien Hak annually hold a unique procession of decorated ox-carts parading sacred cloth of the Buddha to warn off bad luck.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok celebrates the Songkran Festival, in a fun and colourful Chiang Mai-style “Songkran Pool Party”
Guests and their family members will have the opportunity to experience Thailand’s famous summer festival by the Chao Phraya River in a traditional and fun ambience, starting with a pool party. This special party features a long drum parade, a waitress race around the pool, Thai dance performances and the traditional Songkran water splashing with friendly strangers. Meanwhile, children may have an ultimate fun moment with a water fight using fancy water guns. The party also includes free-flowing soft drinks, house wines and beers, and theme-based snacks, finger food, Thai barbecued, Thai and Western desserts, as well as live DJ entertainment from 6 p.m on the 13, Nao day or the day in the middle on the 14, and lastly the New Year on the 15. Prices at Baht 2,200 net for adults and Baht 1,000 net for children aged 4 to 11 years old.
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Songkran at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Located in the heart of the city, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is the perfect sanctuary from which to join in the vibrant capital’s Songkran festivities. While traditionally water was poured on hands as a blessing on the Thai New Year, today the entire nation joins in the merriment, splashing each other head-to-toe for days on end.
At Anantara Siam, we bring together old rituals and new, with a morning alms offering to 99 monks and traditional water ceremony on 12 April. Join us and discover the meaning behind the fun. Start your days with an energizing breakfast then enjoy refreshing good fun with a water gun at the city’s splash parties. Escape from the heat and savour afternoon tea at The Lobby and recharge your energy with a relaxing couple’s massage at Anantara Spa. Read more