SONGKRAN SPLEN­DOURS

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DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO CURIOSITY -

One of Thai­land’s big­gest sum­mer draws is with­out a doubt the Songkran fes­ti­val. More read­ily known as the Thai New Year tra­di­tion of wa­ter splash­ing, the fes­ti­val sees crowds flock­ing out­doors to splash one an­other amidst the sum­mer heat. But un­der­ly­ing the fun, Songkran is all about har­mony and com­mu­nity. Be­fore young­sters take to the streets with their buck­ets of wa­ter, well-wishes are ex­changed in homes as wa­ter is gen­tly poured on el­ders’ hands, and solemn cer­e­monies are held at lo­cal tem­ples. In Songkran, the wa­ter doesn’t just pro­vide re­fresh­ment but also sig­ni­fies the fa­mil­ial joy of a com­mu­nity where peo­ple’s lives flow to­gether in har­mony.

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