Happy สงกรานต์ 2555!


Just to make my New Year wishes complete, another Happy New Year to everyone – this time it’s the Thai one! The Songkran Festival is celebrated in Thailand traditionally from 13th to 15th April and coincides with the New Year of many calendars in Southeast Asia. It’s actually great fun, as it’s basically one huge water battle along the streets.

Everybody is armed with super soakers and (as shown above) bowls full of white powder that gets turned into a nice sticky paste by adding water – which then gets smeared on everybody’s faces, clothes, etc. So eventually the streets of Bangkok look like one huge army of smiling “guerilla fighters”. I’m making water paddles on the floor as I write this (Thais find it particularly funny to cover »Pharangs« in buckets of ice water), but it’s no point trying to dry, as it will not last for longer than a few minutes… and apparently the wetter you get, the happier will be your year (2555).


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