Songkran – Thailands New Year 2019

Where: All over the country, ,
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Monday, April 15, 2019
Fireworks - Photo by: Microdot / via morguefile.com
Fireworks
Photo by: Microdot / via morguefile.com

Every year in start April, Thailand and its neighbor countries Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia celebrates the start of the solar year which is called Songkran in Thai. The celebration takes place all over the country and the most beautiful is in the north part of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai.

From the religious aspect the holiday is celebrated in the temples and from the national aspect in the cities streets. The holiday evening is dedicated to house cleaning and throwing old unnecessary staff; according to the religion such objects can bring bad luck. During the holiday, the celebrators arrive to the nearest temple wearing their best cloths. They bring offerings and holiday’s traditional food to Buddha. 

The believers hold a religious ceremony of washing the saint Buddha statue. An integral part of the holiday events are street parades with dancing and music groups. One of the known effects of the celebration is the habit to splash water on each other.

The celebrators splash water on every one familiar or not so if you happened to be there, take into consideration becoming totally wet. You can’t stay indifferent or dry in this fiesta. This is an unforgettable experience.

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Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.

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Contact details:
Tourism Authority of Thailand
1600 New Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi ,
Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Tel: 6602 250 5500 (120 automatic lines)
Fax: 6602 250 5511
Contact Email:

Country Information

Capital:
Bangkok
Currency:
baht (THB)
Voltage and Frequency:
220V 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+66
Time Zone:
(UTC+7)
UTC+7 ,Summer (UTC+7)
Language:
Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects.
Location:
Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Myanmar (Burma).
Information email:
Tourist website:
Information address:
Tourism Authority of Thailand 1600 New Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathevi , Bangkok 10400, THAILAND Tel: 662 250 5500 , TAT Call Center 1672
Climate:
Tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid.
Thailand background and overview
A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. Thailand is currently facing armed violence in its three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

City Information

In-country dialing code:
2
Longitude:
100.51667°
Latitude:
13.75°

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  • What a great welcome we had opening our trip to Thailand

    We arrived to Bangkok at night and went to bed very late, in the morning we heard the sound of laughter of many people. We looked out of the window and could not believe, dozens of people splashing water on each other and everyone is happy and celebrating.
    We went down the street and did not understand how we drifted to celebrate, we forgot that we had a sleepless night. When we spoke with another couple from the U.S they explained to us that these are Songkran celebrations.
    It’s unbelievable what a great welcome we had opening our trip to Thailand.

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