Songkran is the Thai new year characterized mainly by people celebrating it with water. According to Wikipedia, songkran is a term derived from Sanskrit, and may refer to new year celebrations in or parts of southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Lao, Thingyan in Myanmar, Yunnan in China and northern Vietnam.
Fifteen years in the kingdom and this recently concluded Songkran on April 13-15 was only my second time participating and really having fun – in Huahin, Thailand’s summer capital last year and in Silom, the country’s financial district this year.
This is the Songkran ‘make-up,’ or that’s how I call fragrant talcum powder mixed in water and rubbed gently on people’s cheeks –
Originally, water in bowls is poured on the wrists only. People exchange good wishes and go their way –
Nowadays a huge fire hose spews water on revelers. In some instances it’s not even water in the dippers, but whiskey. Silom is closed to traffic. No one in this formidable crowd is dry. Not the cops, not the food or booze vendors, not even the journalists covering this event. In one corner people danced to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive –
Songkran ammo – the red and blue water gun behind the ever present somtam (papaya salad), fried chicken and sticky rice in every Thai celebration –
The Thai government provides mats for people having their Songkran dinner in parks. A nephew and a niece who flew in from Cebu in time for the frolic would have made perfect mat models but discretion had better be the order of the day if their aunt do not want to get murdered this early in her blogging past time.