Thai New Year (Songkran) Phuket

Songkran Festival Thailand

Songkran festival Phuket Thailand

Living in Thailand we are lucky to get a number of New Year celebrations every year including Western New Year and Chinese New Year. Our favourite by far though is, of course, Thai New Year. Celebrated on 13th April the Songkran festival is all about the chance for families and communities to re-unite and spend precious time together. It is also a time for cleansing, both of physical objects such as Buddha images, and also a spiritual cleansing to wash away the sins to give a fresh start to the coming year. Traditionally this was done by gently pouring water over the shoulder of the family member/friend or gently tipping over the palms of the hands but nowadays has devolved into a free-for-all water fight!

History

Songkran festival Phuket Thailand

Originally the Songkran festival was celebrated only in the north of Thailand but spread throughout the country during the twentieth century. It is thought to have been brought to Thailand originally by the Burmese and may well be linked with the Holi festival in India where powder and coloured water are traditionally thrown to celebrate the Spring festival. Here in Phuket celebrations last for the night of 12th and the day time of 13th although in many other areas of Thailand celebrations last a lot longer especially in Chiang Mai region where the water fights continue for 6 days! Personally we feel that one day is enough to get it out of your system but many tourists here (especially the alcohol-fuelled ones) just don't realise when to stop so don't be surprised if you get a dousing even a day or two after everything has finished!

Sharkey Fun

Songkran festival Phuket Thailand

Every year Iain, Oui and Abbie spend the day at a friend's local guesthouse, Baan Suay, in Karon (see our Location Map). Set on the main Patak Road running from Kata to Karon there are plenty of "victims" to throw water at as a continuous stream of motorbikes, cars and trucks pass by. One of the great things is that everyone gets involved in the Songkran festival (except some grumpy expats), from the youngest family members to the oldest, and all with the same zeal! With each establishment blasting out their own style of music, water buckets filled to the brim sometimes with ice cold water, water guns and other containers on hand, the day is all about fun, fun, fun! Come and join us for the world's biggest water fight!





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