Songkran - Happy New Year

April 13, 2007

This is definitely the highlight of being in Chiang Mai; the biggest water fight in history. Chiang Mai has organised this water festival by dividing the event into three days: April 13, 14 and 15, by naming April 13 Wan Maha Songkran meaning the day marking the end of the old year. April 14 is called Wan Nao, meaning the first day of the New Year. April 15 is called Wan Thaloeng Sok, or the day marking the new era. People believe that water will wash away bad luck.

We took part on the last day around the streets alongside the old city’s moats. There would have been at least one hundred thousand people on the streets. We followed a procession of vehicles on the back of our 4wd. Ajarn San had organized a family to take us along for the entire day. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take photos but there are plenty on the internet. We had Super Soaker water guns and a large 44 gallon water drum. Along the streets there were vendors selling ice that you could drop into the drum for extra punch.

An awesome day out.

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