สงกรานต์ (Songkran) reflections
The Thai New Year (Thai: สงกรานต์ Songkran) is celebrated every year on 13 April to 15 April. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with bowls of water, water guns or even a garden hose, and drench each other and passersby. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season and with this in mind, being drenched by water wasn’t such a bad thing.
First thing you noticed when you got out of the cab was the sheer amount of people present. It was damn near impossible to walk into the Soi, let alone stroll. Within 5 minutes we were totally drenched and painted white with plaster (i’m sure it does wonders for the skin, at least thats what i hoped).
Security was tight, for obvious reasons, but it was refreshing to see that the Police and Army were taking part and were also full of plaster and water. Try and do that to a policeman in the US or the UK and you would be arrested for assault.
Overall we totally enjoyed ourselves, it was fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves.