We are so excited to be celebrating one of our favourite Thai festivals here in Phuket, Songkran. Songkran is the Thai new year and falls on the 13th-15th April. Unlike other new years, this festival is celebrated all weekend for 3 days straight, rather than on one single day.
This festival is such a unique festival as it is specifically a Thai festival but is commonly celebrated by all tourists and backpackers travelling through Thailand. Whether you’re Thai or not, this festival can be celebrated by anyone and everyone. People even travel in from all over the world to experience this festival for themselves and become part of the festivities.
The Thai new year works alongside the Hindu and Buddhist solar calendar. In Sanskrit, the word Songkran means ‘movement’ or ‘shift’, essentially the movement from one position to another.
This new year is celebrated with such happiness and positivity. The Thai’s sure know how to party, and use this day for one massive water fight. Songkran is commonly celebrated with people pouring water all over each other, with bags, buckets and more commonly water pistols. The streets will be flooded with people lining up on each side, filling up their water buckets and ready to pour it all over you. Whether you’re driving or walking, you will be splashed. Even the Thai police and fire service men get involved, using their massive water hoses to target all the passer bys.
Songkran is all about celebration, community and having fun. Be light hearted with it. Embrace it. Don’t do anything too crazy and you’re guaranteed to have a good time!