Songkran – Thailand’s New Year
Songkran is a term derived from Sanskrit, meaning ‘to move’ or ‘movement’. In this instance move from the past year forward to the new one. The celebration covers a period of three days: 13 April is regarded as Maha Songkran, the day that the sun moves into Aries on the zodiac or the last day of the old year. The next day, 14 April is called Wan Nao, the transitional day between the old and the new year, and 15 April is called Wan Thaloeng Sok, to begin a new era or year, New Year’s day itself.
What is the purpose of Songkran?
The Songkran celebration is rich with symbolic traditions. It represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. As a festival of unity, people who have moved away from their families, usually return home to their loved ones and elders. Paying reverence to ancestors is an important part of Songkran tradition. Songkran is a time for Thais to symbolically cleanse and rejuvenate their bodies and souls to end the year, preparing for good fortune in the year to come.
What happens during Songkran?
The holiday is known for its water festival. Mornings begin with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues and the young and elderly is a traditional ritual on this holiday. Major streets are closed to traffic and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other. Even though our luxury private yacht AJAO won’t be able to participate in the festivities in the streets, we’ll make sure that she will make a nice splash too!
Things to do during Songkran
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle on the busy streets and combine your trip to Thailand with a luxury private charter and some Songkran festivities, you could for example dance the night away at the Songkran Festival Beach Party at Paradise Beach: https://paradisebeachphuket.com/ and board the luxury private yacht cruise in phuket the next day for a fantastic cruise to Phi Phi Islands or Koh Lipe – where there are also Songkran activities, but in a much more relaxed fashion.
More info on what to expect around Songkran in Phuket, please see here: https://www.phuket101.net/songkran-phuket/