Songkran 2012 is the most important festival for Thais and is a Thai National Holiday. While the official national holiday is for 3 days, from 13 April to 15 April , workers’ days-off often last for as long as a week.
Songkran Festival, the Water Festival is very closely associated with water. Originally, people gently pour water on to elders and family to give good fortune, but now it has evolved to splashing strangers with water on the streets, either with water guns or buckets of water, all in the spirit of good fun! Because of this, Songkran is also often called as the ‘Water Festival’.
International tourists have mixed preference about this. Some will avoid traveling to Thailand during Songkran festival, but many plan their travel to coincide with the festival and join in the fun of Songkran water fights.