Songkran- Thai New Year is over

”The three days of Songkran has a special name and meaning.

April 13, the beginning of the festival, is called Wan Sang Khan Long. Northern Thais believe that on this day they should clean their houses, wear only new clothes, and pray that bad luck and karma resulting from bad deeds during the previous year will not follow them in to the New Year.

On the next day of the celebrations, April 14, people should only speak positively and pleasantly; if they become angry or unpleasant, bad luck will follow them throughout the New Year.

April 15, the last day of the festival, is called Wan Paya Wan, “The Great Day”, during which all people should pray, make merit to their ancestors, and visit their elder relatives in order to ask for forgiveness and blessings for the New Year. ” From here 

” At the Thai New Year there are rites and rituals that people participate in as part of the New Year blessings and Buddhist merit-making, One of these is the splashing of water. Water runs deep in the Thai New Year traditions, both as a symbol of cleansing and as a symbol of renewal.” More about Rites of Songkran here.

Today is a public holiday. Songkran is over. Tomorrow school starts again for my kids. The weeks before their lives change dramatically !  I need lots of water … to keep renewing my strength and courage to go through with our plans !

 

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