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 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.
The high deathtoll of traffic accidents is certainly the darker side of the Songkran Holiday. Apart from that it is a great festival. 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.
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).
13 (Saturday) 12:00 AM - 15 (Monday) 11:59 PM