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Pre-Thai New Year Celebrations

Mon-style Songkran in Pathum Thani. Photo: Pongpat Wongyala

Songkran is a centuries-old festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is a joyful event in which Thais sprinkle scented water on one another.

During this holiday, which is from Thursday to Saturday, Thais spend their time performing various rites paying respect to their ancestors and senior members of the family. Highlights include pouring scented water onto the hands of their elders as well as Buddha statues, making merit and attending family reunions.

Maha Songkran Day falls on Thursday and the Songkran goddess is Kirinee Dhevi, who lies on the back of an elephant, wears emerald necklaces and bracelets, and has a Magnolia coco flower behind an ear. She also carries a sword in her right hand and a gun in her left. She eats nuts and sesame. Much rainwater and flooding is predicted.

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