Songkran festival (Thailand)

by Kasem Niran

a fun and wet festival celebrating the Thai New Year, with water fights and lots of food and drinks, As I hopped off the plane in Bangkok during the month of April, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement and energy in the air. The Songkran festival, an incredible celebration of the Thai New Year, was just getting started, and I was beyond eager to dive right in.

Soaking up the Fun:

As I walked down the bustling streets, I was immediately bombarded with water from every direction. But this was no ordinary water – it was infused with delightful herbs and flowers, a longstanding part of the Songkran festivities.

Tourists enjoying the Songkran festival on Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

Exciting Songkran Festival Celebration on Khao San Road, BangkokImage source: NattapolStudiO/

The water fights are the festival’s centerpiece, and let me tell you, everyone – from the locals to the tourists – were equipped with water guns and buckets, ready to have some soaking fun.But Songkran is more than just a water fight. It’s an opportunity to honor elders, make merit at temples, and celebrate with family and friends.

The city was overflowing with vibrant parades, mesmerizing traditional dance performances, and food and drink vendors offering an endless selection of tantalizing delicacies, from fiery papaya salad to delectable mango sticky rice.

From Water Fights to Sand Pagodas:

One of the highlights of the festival was the traditional sand pagodas that were scattered throughout the temples of Thailand. These breathtaking structures are crafted by monks and locals who meticulously shape the sand into intricate patterns and designs. It was awe-inspiring to witness the dedication and skill required to create these stunning works of art.

Smiling Asian woman in traditional Thai dress enjoying Songkran festival water play.

Joyful Asian Woman Celebrating Songkran Festival in Traditional Thai DressImage source: APChanel/

Another festival favorite was the water blessing ceremony, where visitors and locals gather at the temple to receive blessings from the monks. The ceremony involves pouring water over the hands of the monks, symbolizing a spiritual cleansing of the past year’s sins and a fresh start for the new year.

Peaceful Buddha statue being blessed with water during Songkran festival in Thailand.

Serene Buddha Statue Water Ceremony during Songkran Festival in ThailandImage source:  Tong_stocker/

Throughout the festival, I was blown away by the kindness and hospitality of the Thai people. Everywhere I went, I was embraced with open arms and made to feel like part of the family. I even had the chance to play takraw, a traditional Thai sport that involves kicking a woven ball over a net, with some of the locals.

Group of students playing sepak takraw during a break.

Energetic Students Engage in a Game of Sepak Takraw After LunchImage source: Nach-Noth/

As the festivities came to a close, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the incredible experiences I had shared with the Thai people during Songkran. The festival was a celebration of community, joy, and renewal, and I felt truly blessed to have been a part of it.


Songkran is a festival that must be experienced to be believed. It’s an opportunity to let loose, connect with others, and commemorate the arrival of the new year.

From the epic water fights to the stunning traditional ceremonies, the festival is a vivacious and colorful tribute to Thai culture and traditions. Trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on this unforgettable celebration. So grab a water gun and dive in – you won’t regret it!

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