Songkran Festival 2012
The event is the astrological passing to the New Year, and it is celebrated in Thailand from 13 to 15 of April. This coincides with many calendars in South Eastern Asia, and it is a reason for free days and celebration. As a tourist here, you will get wet, as one of the important traditions for this celebration is to splash water. From children to grandparents, everybody has to enter the game. If you got out of the house, you will surely be splashed. Considering the temperature that could get to 40 degrees Celsius, we can say that this is a health habit after all.
What is Songkran festival?
- A celebration for the new year
- A festival dedicated to water
- A reason to rejoice and to act like a child
Thousands of tourists come to Thailand only for the Songkran festival, as it is considered as one of the happiest and most interesting celebrations in the world. The tourists are taken to the diving centers, or to the seaside, where they will play like kids, splashing one another with water. However, be careful while entering the premises, as all the diving centers and pools are filled with people celebrating the passing to the New Year.
Whether you have a water toy gun, a hose or a plastic bucket, anything is useful for this activity. However, there is also a serious side of the festival, and some people come here as they are interested about this aspect.
Songkran represents a new agricultural cycle, and the water is the symbol of purification. It brings prosperity and fertility. On the streets, you will see statues that represent Buddha, and people go to temples, visit their eldest relatives, as a sign of respect. On the streets, you will observe a happy atmosphere, people wet one another, wishing Happy Songkran and having fun.
Songkran is celebrated in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. As it is an important festival for the whole South Eastern Asia, the tourism agencies offer the tourists many possibilities to spend the New Year here. As the majority of activities are connected with water, you can also go rafting and kayaking in some of the most interesting Thailand Rivers. You can also take a ride with the elephant, and you can go on the highest mountain of Thailand. Of course, there are also some other activities that can be done here.
The Tedoo tours are excursions organized by Thailand agencies, and they have original itineraries. They have the purpose to offer the tourists a local authentic experience, and this is why those tours are made in collaboration with the local authorities. The tedoo tours are different one to the other, and they are all connected with the possible activities that can be done, meaning that the period of the year is determining to establish the destinations. You will need to check the programs of the tedoos, but you will surely find something interesting that includes this year of the Songkran festival 2012 also.