Thai New Year is 13th April. For millions of people in Thailand, April 13th sees the start of their New Year celebrations with colourful processions, delicious food and lots of water balloons!
The three day festival is called Songkran, or ‘beginning of the solar year’, because it falls as the sun moves into Aries. Traditionally, on the second day of the Songkran, cooked and preserved foods are taken to the temples as offerings, as a great deal of the festival is linked to venerating elders as well as Buddha. At home, young people pour scented water into the hands of their parents and elders as a mark of respect and to receive the blessing of older folk.