If you choose to come to Phuket or Thailand in April, you’d better know what all this is about. Songkran is the Thai New Year, and it occurs when the sun moves position from Pisces to Aries. According to Thai calendar, we are already in year 2560! That’s for the technical bits.
Starting early morning on April 13th, people celebrate Songkran in many different ways. It is a very special day and the water ceremony will take many forms. Originally you are supposed to just sprinkle your family with a tiny cup of water. It’s good luck. You also sprinkle a statue of Buddha very respectfully and do a little pray.
Later in the morning, the game stars to changes. Because this is the hottest time of the year, splashing each other with water is a lot of fun. Add a little beer to that and Songkran turns into a country wide water war.
People living in Thailand will be divided in three groups: ‘Wild Wet Fun‘ fans, ‘Sulking Hermits‘ who will lock themselves indoors for three days having wisely stocked food, and ‘Smart Dudes‘, well organized, who will make use of the very long week end to fly somewhere abroad and dry.
If you are of the first kind, you can join Songkran wet street parties from early morning. It starts rather gently in Phuket Town around 10am, turning to water dogfights in the afternoon in Patong, Kata and Karon, and ends in a hectic full scale wet war zone in Bangla Road until late at night.
Everybody will join the Songkran festivities, kids, teens mostly, but also adults and tourists, divided in two camps: the ‘Strategically Ambushed‘ by the road side with plenty of water ammunition, and the ‘Mobile Units‘ in the back of pick up trucks. Shops and supermarket make fortunes selling all kinds of colorful and humongous water guns. But the best weapon remains the good old plastic bowl and a big tank of icy cold water!
Cops doing traffic and security on the road are always the favourite targets for everyone, but they are used to this and keep a smile all day or even play along.