2019 Songkran Festival in BLCC
For many people in our school, this month marks a very important day in their lives. It's because on April 13 to 15 of every year, marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. And here in Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College, we just celebrated Thai's Songkran Festival last Sunday.
The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "passing" or "approaching". During Songkran Festival, Water is the most important element of Songkran, especially in more recent times when the throwing of water has become a huge part of the annual celebrations. If you’re visiting Thailand during this period, prepare to get splashed! Crowds of people roam around throwing buckets of water, using water pistols and just generally soaking anyone in the vicinity.
Appreciation of family is another important aspect of the festival, with many Thai people making their way to their hometowns to spend time with older relatives. Buddhists also visit temples throughout Songkran where water is poured on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a mark of respect.
Songkran is a hugely important festival to Thai people, but it’s also very popular with visitors and many tourists specifically arrange their holidays around this unique event. Anyone and everyone can and will get involved in the celebrations. If you’re out and about during Songkran, you’re guaranteed to end up soaked but you’ll have lots of fun in the process!