What is Songkran? Everything you need to know about Thailand’s wet and wild New Year celebrations

Songkran kicked off in Thailand yesterday bringing raucous water fights to the streets of Bangkok and beyond.

The three-day festival marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year and is a major draw for tourists.

Celebrations have been muted for the past three years due to pandemic-related restrictions, but 2023 sees its full-scale return.

Here’s everything you need to know about Songkran, including its origins and where to celebrate.

Why is Thai New Year celebrated in April?

Songkran, or Thai New Year, is Thailand’s biggest and most important annual festival.

It is traditionally celebrated for three days starting from the first full moon in April. This is because the country runs on the lunisolar

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