It derives from the movement of the sun from one position to another in the zodiac. According to its literal meaning in Sanskrit, a songkran occurs every month. However, the period that Thai people refer to as songkran happens when the sun moves from Pisces to Aries in the zodiac.
What is the story behind Songkran?
This ancient festival celebrates the Thai New Year, April 13 through April 15. The origins derive from the ancient Indian Festival of Makar Sankriti. The Indian version recognizes the suns celestial path and Thai translates the version recognizing the passing of an old year into a new one.
Why do we celebrate Thai New Year?
Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’.
How does Thailand celebrate New Years?
For the January New Year’s celebration, Thai people often exchange gifts with friends and family members. It’s also common for them to pay a visit to their local temple so that they can make merit, participate in temple rites and otherwise ring in the coming year.
What does Songkran symbolize?
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival since the former time. It is a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion. and thankfulness, using water as the means of expression. The word Songkran derives from Sanskrit meaning to move or step forward.
How do you say Happy Songkran in Thai?
To wish someone a happy Songkran day, you can use the same pattern:
- Happy Songkran! สวัสดีวันสงกรานต์ sà-wàt-dee bpee mài.
- Happy Songkran! สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์ sùk wan sŏng-graan.
Why is the Thai New Year in April?
The traditional Thai New Year Songkran was transformed into a national holiday. Celebrations are famous for the public water fights framed as ritual cleansing.
|Observed by||Thai and Malaysian Siamese|
|Significance||Marks the Thai New Year|
What year is it on the Thai calendar?
Thailand mainly uses the Buddhist calendar, in which the calendar’s epochal date (Year zero) was the year in which the Buddha attained parinibbāna. This places the current year at 543 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar. The year 2021 CE is indicated as 2564 BE in Thailand.