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How to Survive Songkran, the World’s Largest Water Fight

Songkran in Bangkok

Happy Thai New Year! Sawadee Pee Mai! It’s one of my favorite festivals of all time.

With all it’s greatness, I have some tips on how to survive Songkran Festival, the world’s largest water fight.

What is Songkran Festival?

Songkran literally means “astrological passage,” which is the end of the zodiac cycle of pisces and moves into aries. This is according to the vedic and buddhist/hindu solar calendar.

It is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from April 13th to 15th.

The traditional water pouring symbolizes the washing away of all sins and bad. In the temples, they wash the buddha images, monk’s and elder’s hands with water to pay respect and for blessing. Then, they pour water on one another. Sometimes fragrant scents or a powder are mixed in with the water to provide additional blessings.

Now, it morphed to become the world’s largest water fight to bring in the new year with abundant blessing.

How to Survive Songkran Festival

Don’t Resist Getting Wet

In Chiang Mai, the celebration goes on for FOUR DAYS. Trust me, even though it’s an amazing festival there are going to be times where you don’t want to get splashed with water. You may think, okay just a a day or two I will go to the max, but the other days I will not partake in the festivities.

NOT POSSIBLE! You will get WET!

As soon as you leave your house, there is no way for you not to get wet. They’re ninja—have such good aim and will ambush you out of nowhere hah.

Don’t resist it. Don’t try to control the situation. Don’t think you can hide or be clever.

Don’t have thoughts like these, “I want to be dry. I don’t want to be wet. I don’t want to be apart of this celebration. Leave me alone.”

Because when you do get wet (AND YOU WILL), you will respond with, “ARRRGH, I’m wet! Grrrr…I didn’t want to get wet! WHY!” and send all these negative stress energies to your body, mind, and spirit. So unnecessary, you don’t need that in your life.

Just let go and let it be. Embrace getting ambushed with water with a smile :)

You will see how amazing it is to just go with the flow of things instead of resisting all the time and being so tense.

Trust me, it’s horrible for your health. So, STOP IT!

Songkran Festival Chiang Mai

Ride Slow On Your Scooter or Bicycle

During Songkran Festival, there are accidents and even deaths that happen. This is because you think you’re in the clear, but then you get ambushed out of nowhere! Ride really slow, and just know better, you will get hit with water. I got slammed with water while on my bicycle and there were a few times I almost fell off or ran into a car hah. You don’t want to lose control, so slow your roll. No need to be in hurry to get to where you going, it’s not worth it.

Wear Clothes

It’s so interesting, I thought people would be in their bathing suits since it’s an insane water fight. Nope, Thailand is so conservative. They just wear their normal everyday clothes. So, consider being respectful and doing it Thai-style. Or you can do it like me and just wear your bathing suit under your clothes.

Grab a Water Proof Case

They sell these everywhere and sometimes give them away for free. You know you’re going to want some photos and videos of the awesomeness going down during Songkran, so grab a case ASAP to keep your belongings safe and dry.

Now my question to you:

What do you love about Songkran Festival? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Photo credit: Anthony Bouch

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