Songkran is a centuries-old festival which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. It is a unique fun-filled event during which we splash others with water in order to give and request a blessing.
Songkran water splashing with elephants in Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima.
The word "Songkran" is derived from Sanskrit and means "to pass" or "to move into". It implies the moving of the sun, moon and planets into a new orbit in the zodiac. People in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos organise similar festivals at this time of the year.
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