What do tourists need to know about the Songkran festival in Phuket?
Visit Phuket in the middle of April (13th, 14th, and 15th) to participate in the famous Thai New Year celebration, also called Songkran festival. The three-day-long ceremony marks the beginning of the solar calendar, and it is the most popular festival for Thais. The event is an occasion for making merry by hitting the street and splash water to each other using water guns and buckets, while, for some, it is an event to show respects to family elders.
What happens at the Songkran festival?
On this momentous event, Thailand gets into a festive mood with Thais return home to celebrate with family members. Despite the countrywide holiday, business runs as usual in Phuket with tourists can enjoy tours and day trips as expected. However, traffic jam is expected as everyone comes out on the roads in mini-truck and splash water to each other.
Starting from the morning of 13th April, Thais celebrate this exceptional day in many forms and styles. First, they sprinkle water to the family members and Buddha statues with respect and follow by a prayer. An act believed to bring good luck.
The fun part begins later in the morning when people start throwing water to each other. Not just in Phuket, the whole country gets into a water war zone. Besides the locals, tourists from different parts of the world participate in fun activities during their holiday in Thailand.
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