What does the festival celebrate Songkran? What is Songkran? Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’.
Why do people throw water at each other during Songkran? In addition to visiting local temples, people flock to the streets to take part in wide-ranging water fights. The throwing of water has traditionally been a sign of respect and well-wishing, as revelers hope to wash away bad luck.
What food is eaten during Songkran?
- Khao Chae. Khao Chae is a seasonal royal dish made up of cooked rice cooled in flower-scented water with various condiments.
- Mango Sticky Rice. Mango Sticky Rice is the infamous Thai dessert loved by all.
- Thai Margarita.
- Pad Kee Mao Talay.
- Prawn Pad Thai.
What are symbols in Songkran? Water has always been an important symbol for the holiday, representing the cleansing necessary to shift into the new year. As this symbol of renewal, people would splash water on images of Buddha and elderly people would have water splashed on them by their younger family members as a sign of respect.