After waiting for a good amount of years to experience the traditional Thai New year on April 13th, I always wanted to see what this major event was about. A few days to go until the major water event, I am already shopping for a big big water gun to use up in Chiang Mai…
Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year celebration which starts on April 13th and runs through to the 15th. It comes at a time where I needed to get out of Bangkok and see what life in Chiang Mai was about. Travellers and expats which I have met during my time here in Thailand have all marvelled at the freedom offered up at the northern side of the country and in a rough comparison between the people of Bangkok and the people of Chiang Mai.
Regardless to say, I am hoping to seek out the spiritual relevance as families and friends gather together to celebrate the New year by visiting temples and sprinkling water on Buddha images in reverance, and also sprinkling water on each other’s hands as a sign of luck for the future years to come.
And of course, it comes without saying that there will be endless water fights throughout the 13th to the 15th of April. I have prepared a waterproof bag which will store all my valuable electronic items and wallets, as I have heard that it is “common” for people to be strolling down a busy street only to be soaked wet in water.
This event is special for me and it is definitely something that can be crossed out from my Bucket list listed here: http://nomadicarthur.com/?page_id=29.
A nomadic journey into our world provides me with the ability to enjoy life at every second possible, a privilege that everyone should be entitled to in this world we live in. I certainly am living the deluxe life – a true nomadic lifestyle.