VIDEO: Celebrating the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) in Chiang Mai
In mid-April each year, Thailand celebrates the Songkran Festival, Thai New Year. While festivities occur all over the country, the most lavish celebrations occur in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Held over a four or five day period, Songkran begins with a monk blessing and alms-giving ceremony, followed by the presentation of Songkran queens and a full program of cultural performances.
The pomp and circumstance of the Songkran Festival are appreciated by all, what everyone really looks forward to are the water fights.
Locals and tourists alike arm themselves with water guns, water canons, and even barrels of water. Everyone get soaked and it’s all in great fun.