What is Songkran festival ?
Songkran is a celebration of Thailand New Year’s Day. Songkran has a strong relation with Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar.
When is Songkran Celebration ?
Generally, Songkran Festival is celebrated 13-14 April annually. Although in some parts of the country may take longer period of celebrations.
How to Celebrate Songkran ?
Water plays important role in Songkran celebration which is rich with symbolic traditions.
Early in the morning, it begins with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks are commonly practiced.
Performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday – it represents purification and the washing away all of their sins and bad luck.
As a festival of unity, people who have moved away usually return homes to their loved ones and elder family members. As a way to show respect, younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hands.
The holiday is known for its iconic water festival which is mostly celebrated by young people. Major streets are closed for traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young or old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other.
More importantly, traditional parades are held, where cars are decorated with traditional ornaments. Also, the central festival often holds a pageant contest, or “Miss Songkran” where contestants are clothed in traditional Thai dress.
SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, Bangkok
Date 12 – 15 Apr 2016
Songkran in Visuthikasat
Started in 1931 and considered as the ‘Legendary Songkran Festival of the Bangkok’s old town’ not only because of the collaboration of local communities, but also the original tradition of ‘Miss Songkran’ competition that has been a continuing for over 70 years.
Venue : Visuthikasat intersection (Bang Khunprom intersection) under the Rama IIIV Bridge.
For more information : The President of Visuthikasat Association – Tel. 08 6345 5836 / PhraNakhorn District Office -Tel. 0 2628 9068
Songkran in Banglumpoo
Here, as significant part of the festival, there will be a ceremony where the “PhuttaBang is, with great respect, taken from BowonniwetVihara Temple to SantiChaiprakarn Park for the public to pray to and receive blessings. There are also other Buddhist ceremonies such as giving food to monks, the Thai tradition of being blessed by elders, and Thai dances.
Venue : SuanSantiChaiprakarn (park), PhraArtit Road, Bangkok
For more information : PhraNakhornDistric Office – Tel. 0 2628 9068
Songkran Splendours : The Procession of Three Kingdoms
This April 10, 2016, at 15.00-18.00 hrs., “The Procession of Three Kingdoms”, parading from Mahajetsadabodin Royal Pavilion, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, RatchadamnoenNai Road, Nha Phra Lan Road, Maharaj Road to Nagaraphirom Park, depicts a miraculous tale of the world’s heritage,Songkran festivals,and the story of Songkran’sseven beauty pageants. The procession is divided into three kingdoms.
First procession – Kingdom of Rama III : Engraving of World’s Heritage
Second procession – Kingdom of Rama V : April 13, Songkran Day in Thailand
Final procession – Kingdom of Rama VII : Songkran Around The World
The first procession carries a wallengraving a literature of the Songkran festival from WatPhraChetuphonVimolmangklararm (Wat Pho) and it is transformed into a performance, which includes performers, Himmapan creatures and seven beauty pageants. And, this is the first time to enjoy water display in a performance “SongkranSplendours, The Cultural Heritage”. Follow by a procession that exhibit traditional Songkran in five regions of the country showing Thai ways of merit making and celebrating the new year! The procession involves;
1.Northern region – Salungluang, Lampang Province
2.North-eastern region – Ton Dokmai, Loey Province
3.Central region- Thai-Burmese Songkran Festival, Ratchaburi Province
4.Eastern region – Sri MahaRacha& Gong Kao, Chonburi Province
5.Southern region- Nang Dan, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
Ending the Procession of Three Kingdoms portraying Thais and Laos bonds through Phra That Phanom of Nakorn Phanom Province and Phra That Si Ko Ta Bong of Laos.
SongkranSplendours : The Procession of Three Kingdomsbegins with an opening performance at the main stage of Mahajetsadabodin Royal Pavilion and the Democracy Monument. There are yet many more to enjoy, such as an ancient market, Thai traditional plays, includes LakornNok and Royal Puppet, locating at WatPhraChetuphonVimolmangklararm (Wat Pho) from April 10-12, 2016, 10.30-20.30 hrs.
The event to be heldaround Mahajetsadabodin Royal Pavilion, RatchadamnoenKlang Road, RatchadamnoenNai Road, NhaPhraLan Road, Maharaj Road to Nagaraphirom Park
For more information, please contact Tourism Authority of Thailand,
0 2250 5500 ext. 3470-3 or at TAT CALL CENTER 1672
Joyous Songkran Splendors
Nowadays both Thai andForeigners show more interest in joining Songkran Festival, especially in splashing water. Hence both public and private sectors agree to host Songkran celebration in various locations in order to create distinct atmosphere for visitors to enjoy the festivity. And most importantly, the hosts pay most attention on making sure that participants will be safe and have great moments during their time in the Thai New Year, ‘Songkran Splendors’.
Khaosan Road, Bangkok
Date : 13-15 April 2016
Venue : Khaosan Road, Bangkok
For more information : PhraNakhon District Office – Tel. 0 2628 9068
Silom Road, Bangkok
Date : 13-15 April 2016
Venue : Silom Road, Bangkok
For more information: – Bangrak District Office – Tel. 0 2236 1395 ext. 6211