Thai New Year. Sawadee Pii May

Sawadee Pii May means « Happy New Year! »
SONKRAN an ancestral tradition
Buddhist New Year is this is on April 13. This date gives rise to important celebrations that will last from April 13 to 16, according to the cities. This is one of the most important holidays in Thailand since the beginning of the year according to the lunar calendar.
Thais splash water Buddhas with veneration but also family and friends, the belief that water away bad luck and purifies.
 The festival is also a lot of fun when you throw water on everyone in an emotional release that results in real water fights in the streets. Of course, foreigners are no exception, and are sometimes treated with a little more interest … Some even participate with great fervor.
Songkran, an ancient tradition.

The Thai New Year is undoubtedly the biggest holiday of the year.
The dates of Songkran festivities attached to were originally based on the lunar calendar. Buddhist New Year has now been established in Thailand from April 13 to 16 to facilitate civilian life. « The party favorite Thai » is certainly a great battle ….. water since it is customary to spray water on each other a sign of purification, ritual welcome at the height of the hot season, but this is primarily a ancestral tradition.


 Thai people observe a certain number of rituals, composed of several steps. From day one it’s a cleansing. We will clean the house, then everyone put new clothes.

Second stage, often associated with the second day is reserved for visits to the temple. Everyone takes care to bring offerings and the most faithful, to listen carefully to the speeches on the Dharma (Buddha’s teaching).

Third step, meals. Thailand is renowned for the friendliness of its meals, and Songkran is the opportunity to get the family together around a feast bringing together younger and older adults. Dishes will be prepared as an offering to monks and deceased parents.

The last rite of Songkran: honor the older. Major act of respect for older, they pour scented water on the hands. This gesture is accompanied by gifts offered by the youngest to their elders.

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Publié le mars 15, 2012, dans Discover Thailand, et tagué , , , , , , , . Bookmarquez ce permalien. 3 Commentaires.

  1. Happy Thai New Year.
    I hope thai people be happy.

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