“Suk San Wan Sonkran” – Sploosh!
Happy Sonkran! It’s the wet Thai New Year Again – 13- 15 April
It’s a crazy water war out there! Thais and tourists join in the fight, some sitting on trucks with huge buckets of water tied to them, to the lone rangers running around with shower caps and cartoon water guns. Which ever your weapon is, just get ready to be soaked! It’s a great festival you don’t want to miss!
In the mornings Thais will head to the monastery for blessings. Buddha images at the monastery or at home are cleansed with fragrant water to mark the start of the New Year. They will also bath with the fragrant water because they believe that it cleanses away bad luck and bring prosperity and good health.
Splashing people with water to cool them off just because it’s the hottest month of the year is just an excuse to bring out your biggest baddest water gun out. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, there are plenty of vendors on the street side ready to sell you an arsenal of weaponry. They also sell water, and chalk. It is customary to mix the chalk with water and wipe them on another person as part of the festival. During the festival, most street markets will be closed.
Khao San Road
Walking Street Pataya