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A light-hearted listening/photo activity aimed mainly for children which deals with questions foreigners might ask about Songkran and how to answer them. 

People get into the mood of splashing water to celebrate Songkran festival on Rama IV road SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Songkran question and answer

This activity is mainly for fun, especially for young children. This is not a description of what Songkran is. If that is what you are looking for, click here: http://bit.ly/foG8f2

We get a lot of international visitors to this website. Some of them may be quite confused by what happens
during a special holiday period during the hot season known as "Songkran".

If you are a Thai visitor to this site, you might think of how you can explain to our international visitors what is happening. Below are some scenes from around Thailand at this time of year. Can you answer the questions a foreigner might have when they see these photos? If you can't, I have thought of some possible answers for you.

Listen to the conversation as you look at the photos. You can see the questions, but you will have to listen closely to my answers. When you finish, you can see the full text at the bottom at the bottom.


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1. What's happening in the first photo? Do Thai people always act this way? Why is the man doing that to her?

Photo by Patipat Janthong.

2. Could this happen to me if I come here to Thailand?

Photo by Patipat Janthong.

3. Can foreigners join in? Can they spray Thai people to make them wet too?

Photo by Patipat Janthong.

4. Surely, I can't do something like this! Won't I get put in jail?

Photo by Chanat Katanyu.

5. Who are those boys? Why is their hair so short?

Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao.

6. Is that man crazy? Does he really think he can stay dry?

7. This photo looks quite different. What is happening here?

Photo by Taweesak Butchan.

8. Can I keep dry if I ride a bus?

Photo by Somchai Poomlard.

9. Someone should tell that boy to watch out.

Photo by Thiti Wannamontha.

10. No, but it might do something else.

Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Texts

Below is the complete text of the conversation above. Why don't you practice the answers in case you meet a foreigner who has a lot of questions? Or, better yet, think of better answers.

1. What's happening in the first photo? Do Thai people always act this way? Why is the man doing that to her?

The man is putting powder on the woman's cheeks. Someone else is spraying water at her from the side. People only do this during the Songkran holidays in April each year. Thais believe that water washes away bad luck.

2. Could this happen to me if I come here to Thailand?

Yes, it could if you come during Songkran and you go for a walk where people are celebrating.

3. Can foreigners join in? Can they spray Thai people to make them wet too?

Yes, they can -- and they do too. Do you want to join in?

4. Surely, I can't do something like this! Won't I get put in jail?

Don't worry. You won't get put in jail. Everyone joins in the fun during Songkran -- even soldiers and police.

5. Who are those boys? Why is their hair so short?

They are young Buddhist novices. They live in a temple and wear the same colour robes as monks. And they keep their hair very short too. They, too, can have fun during Songkran. 

6. Is that man crazy? Does he really think he can stay dry?

No, he's not crazy. He's knows he's going to get wet. He's just having fun.

7. This photo looks quite different. What is happening here? 

That is a nice Songkran tradition. Younger people pour water over the hands of old people. It wouldn't be
proper to spray them like you do to people on the streets, would it?

8. Can I keep dry if I ride a bus?

A little, if you keep the windows closed. But you still have to get in and off the bus and then walk to where you want to go. It's hard to stay completely dry during Songkran.

9. Someone should tell that boy to watch out.

Why, is the elephant going to walk over him?

10. No, but it might do something else.
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