You guys might know already : From the 13th of April up to the 15th the Thaïs celebrate the end of the year and beginning of the new one.
While the festival is observed all throughout Thailand, the North and Chiang Mai in particular seems to do it in big proportion !
People mainly know about the throwing of water, there are a couple more traditions that come with Songkran : some people bring sand to their nearby monastery which will be shaped into stupas and decorated with flags, others bathe buddha images or paint one another with chalk as a type of blessing.
If the throwing of water used to be a blessing and a way to pay respect to people, it is now more of a fun way to escape the heat and enjoy a giant water fight in the streets. And everybody gets involed, from young children to their elderly Grandparents, many brandishing brightly coloured water cannons, and others resorting to more old fashioned (but no less effective) implements such as buckets and pans. But no matter what weapon you bring to the fight, there’s an absolute certainty that you’ll be going home soaked. If you are hoping to pass the center of Chiang Mai during those 3 days without getting splashed well… surely you are going to get a bad surprise. So come and leave the bad being washed away from you ! Join the fun and enjoy this buddhist celebration !
We left for the old town center on our motorcycle around the moat, where most of the action takes place, camera protected with some plastic and duck tape (DIY for the win, it did survive buckets of water!), ready for some action. Here is a gallery of shots taken during Songkran on the 1st day of this celebration, the 13th of April 2014, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.