How to celebrate the Thai New Year- Songkran Water Festival 2019

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

Celebrate the Thai New Year by Participating in the World's Largest Water Fight

Say you and a couple of friends book some beds at The Yard Hostel in Bangkok. The night before, you participated in a yoga class offered by the hostel. This morning your group is limber and well rested to explore Bangkok.

As you step into the street on April 13, your clothes go from dryer than your fathers humor to wetter than the Pacific. You are hit with a bucket of water, shot at with water guns, and/or hosed down.

What is Songkran?

From April 13-15 Thailand celebrates the Songkran Festival. The world's largest most infamous water fight is celebrated all over Thailand. The capital celebrates Songkran with the Bangkok Songkran Splendours Festival.

How do the Festivities Begin?

The celebration begins at Wat Pho, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand honoring a gold plated Buddha. People gather at Wat Pho and other temples to give thanks and invest in good luck for the new year.

How to Celebrate?

Water is used to wash away sins and bad luck from the past year preparing the soul and person for all they will encounter in the New Year. Hence, the heavy use of water throughout the festival. Participation can range from dipping small Buddha statues or photos in water, blanketing others in water(the water fight part), and of course gorging yourself on the banquets of traditional thai food.

Remember to bring water proof items. This will be the best insurance for your camera, phone, and watch. Also make sure to store your money, passport, and documents in a place that will stay dry.