By RASHI NAWALKHA
The Iconic festival of purifying and bidding bad luck away by pouring water on Lord Buddha represents the start of the Songkran festival and the start of the Thai New Year. This most significant Thai holiday is celebrated in Thailand by playing with cool water and white powdery paste known as ‘Dinsaw phong’ in Thai (a traditional white powder derived from marly limestone, impure clayey limestone, that many Thai people use for cosmetic and health reasons as well as to celebrate Songkran). The powder is mixed with water and applied to the face and is said to reduce acne.
People open the doors of their houses and go to the street to enjoy this water festival. There is a unity in the crowd that comes from the uniformity of being dressed in similar festive floral shirts which are symbolic of the Thai water festival. Songkran is annually celebrated from 13th April to 15th April. Young, old and others including foreigners participate in this playful water war. The significant characteristics of Songkran festival express unity, respect, and love amongst the people. Nowadays, Songkran has become the major and popular reason for why foreigners like to visit Thailand in April. Similar to all other festivals, even Songkran has a meaning behind it. The magical tales of world’s heritage, Songkran festival and the story of Songkran’s seven beauty pageant that comes from different parts of Thailand are divided into three kingdoms……
First procession: Kingdom of Rama3- The world’s heritage.
Second procession: Kingdom of Rama 5- April 13th Songkran day
Final procession: Kingdom of Rama 7-Songkran around the world To sum up, Songkran has its own agenda to celebrate. People in Thailand, give respect and show unity treating everyone equally.
WISHING ALL A VERY HAPPY AND A SAFE SONGKRAN!!!