Thailand is a very diverse country. It has lush and green rice fields and landscapes, their well-known floating markets, a vivid nightlife and extremely friendly locals, who want nothing more than to show you around and tell you about the hidden gems in their country. But what about the celebrations? Thailand knows how to celebrate the new year like no other. During Songkran, Thai New Year, you won’t see any fireworks, this event is all about water fights! The goal of the festival is to be clean for the new year, that’s why most people clean their houses before the big day. What’s a better way to cleanse than by doing it with water?
Children, locals and travelers all come together to enjoy this amazing event by joining a huge water fight to soak everyone who’s passing by. But that’s not everything. Appreciation of family is an important aspect of the festival, where elders are being honored with scented water. The event is also an important day for Buddhism, where people pour water on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a token of respect. At the end of the event when everyone is exhausted, people indulge in the finest local dishes that combine the four fundamental flavors: spicy, salty, sweet and sour.
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