Songkran 2018 – Thai New Year 2018

Songkran 2018 – Thai New Year 2018


Songkran 2017 between the 13th and 15th of April (three days national holiday)

What is Songkran?

Songkran is the occasion for family re-unions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Many Thais observe the holidays by spending time with families and friends. Traditionally, Thais perform the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual on the first day of Songkran, which is officially the National Elderly Day. During the ritual, young people would pour fragrant water into the elders’ palms as a gesture of humility and to ask for their blessings.

The second day of Songkran is officially the National Family Day. Families would wake up early and give alms to the monks, then ideally the rest of the day would be spent sharing quality family time together. An important religious ritual on Songkran is ‘Bathing the Buddha image’, in which devout Buddhists pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home. More religious Thais would engage themselves in Buddhist ceremonies and merit-making activities throughout the holidays.

Songkran Do’s and Don’ts


– Do give alms and make merit (or just witness the rituals if you are not a Buddhist)
– Do use waterproof bags to protect your valuables
– Do watch your belongings
– Do use public transportation if you are heading to one of Songkran ‘hotspots’, as traffic will be paralysed
– Do try wishing the locals a happy new year in Thai – “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”
– Do smile and have fun


– Do not douse monks, babies or the elderly
– Do not drive when you have been drinking
– Do not throw water with ice or dirty water
– Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents

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