Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Songkran Madness in Thailand


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features one of the funnest festivals I have ever attended: Songkran.)

Songkran 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I grew up in a place that has a very similar water-splashing festival. The festival was not Buddhist, however, but rather Catholic. I am, of course, referring to the feast of St. John the Baptist celebrated in my home town of San Juan. Lucky for me, I get to relive my childhood splashing people with water as I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand when the Buddhist festival of Songrkan took place this year. The city was in festival mood. Everyone was on the streets. Cars drove around carrying revelers ready to douse everyone with water. I was one of them, yes. We got on the back of a pick-up truck and spread water terror throughout the city. Well, more like absorb water terror as we did not come well-stocked with ammunition. It is one of the funnest times I've ever had in my travels so far.


What religious festivals did you grow up with? Did it also involve water-splashing? Perhaps plate-smashing? Or burning of some sort?


 
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