april, 2019

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13apr(apr 13)12:00 AM15(apr 15)11:59 PMSongkran FestivalBuddhist New Year

Event Details

The Songkran Festival

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional Buddhist New Year. April 13 is the official New Years Day but usually April 14 and 15 are also part of this annual holiday.  The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, which means transformation or change. Songkran is celebrated nationwide although the duration varies per location. The Chiang Mai Songkran Festival takes place on April 13, 14 and 15. In some places, such at Pattaya, the festival lasts for a full week. Songkran is also celebrated in Laos (called pee mai lao), Cambodia (called Chaul Chnam Thmey, Cambodian New Year), Myanmar (called Thingyan), and by the Dai people in Yunnan, China (called Water-Splashing Festival).

The fantastic parades

There is no better time to immerse in Thai culture and have a drink with Thai friends. The water battles can be great fun. If you are not into that there are also the fantastic parades of April 13 and 15. The parades are very different. The parade of April 13 starts at the Nawarat Bridge and moves to the west along Thapae road to the Old City. The parade of April 15 starts in the Old City and moves in the opposite direction. This is also a walking parade. There are no floats involved. Prepare yourself because you will not stay dry. The parades will initially not part of the festivities. Only in the 1960s they were added by tourist authorities to attract tourists to the festival.

Row of colorfully dressed dancers
Fingernail dancers Songkran

Controversy

The high death toll of traffic accidents is certainly the darker side of the Songkran Holiday. Alcohol flows freely during the festival. Most of the traffic fatalities are motorcyclists. Before and after the festival large amounts of people are on Thai roads. People return to their hometowns before the festival and return after. Many accidents happen on these days.

Time

13 (Saturday) 12:00 AM - 15 (Monday) 11:59 PM

Location

Chiang Mai

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