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The Thai New Year or Songkran celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia History.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water.The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this "blessed" water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder.


Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.

They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.

Some people make New Year resolutions - to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things.


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