Songkran Festival 2012

It is a 3-day New Year celebration for Thailand and few other countries in South East Asia.

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Most foreign visitors remember this festival by the ritual of throwing water.

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Another common practice is to smear chalk (or baby powder) on the cheeks to represent the blessings (the Buddhist monks use to bless devotees with chalk).

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We visited the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple at Petaling Jaya just now. Devotees started their visit to the temple and bath the Buddha statue.

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After that they will arm themselves with ‘water weapons’. You can use home made water gun, plastic bottle or plastic bag, or anything to hold the water and throw at anyone else.

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No one will get angry at you throwing water at them or smear their cheeks with powder. It is a form of blessing. The water supposes to cleanse away any bad luck and start the New Year with better fortune.

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All adults enjoyed the festival and joined the ‘child play party’.

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Songkran is a major celebration in South East Asia, especially for the Thai community.

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Many Malaysian families also join the fun festival.

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Spirits were high. A huge crowd was celebrating with the company of live concern music and beeeeeeeer. (correct spelling after I am drunk).

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with the encouragement of music and water gun on hands, let’s the battle/blessing begins (see the next post).

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