Chiang Mai? Why?
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Positioned in the foothills of northern Thailand, it’s picturesque with a magic feeling to it, effortlessly combining traditional Thailand with the modern world.
Time flies by in Chiang Mai, where you can easily spend a week sightseeing, doing outdoor activities and of course, eating! Cuisine specialties of the city include sushi bars around the university, Burmese curries, Thai street food and vegetarian health food.
Things to do:
Songkran 2015 in Chiang Mai:
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai. Pools, canals and streets are just a few of the places where you can get your water supply. Better yet, be prepared! Grab a water pistol or even a hose and begin drenching people! It’s all about fun, fun and more fun.
Here’s the official Songkran 2015 schedule observed in recent years in Chiang Mai:
13 April 2015
– 6 a.m: Merit making and alms giving at Tha Pae Gate
– 8:00 a.m: Grand opening ceremony at Tha Pae Gate
– 8:30- noon: Lanna offerings contest, performances at Tha Pae Gate
– 7 a.m. – noon: Parade of Mae Ying Kee Rod Theep Kaeng Jong, or Lanna girls on bicycles with umbrellas beauty contest, from the TAT office to Tha Pae Gate.
– 9.00 – 9.30 a.m: Invitation ceremony of Buddha Sihing image on a special carriage at Wat Phra Sing.
– 1:00 p.m: Invitation ceremony for Phra Buddha Sihing image, parade of Buddha images and Miss Songkran float in the procession from Train Station to Wat Phra Sing.
– 7 pm. to midnight: Miss and Mr. Songkran Contest, Lanna local arts competition at Tha Pae Gate
14 April 2015
– 3 p.m. – 5 p.m: Buddhist procession from Iron Bridge to Tha Pae Gate carrying holy sand and relics
15 April 2015
– 1:30 – 6 p.m: Blessings will be offered to the Chiang Mai Governor with participants starting from 3 Kings Monument to the Governor’s Residence on Nawarat Bridge.
Songkran 2015 Celebrations
While traditional celebrations such as visit to temple and elderly is still prevalent among the locals, foreigners come to the festival mostly for the water-fight throughout the city. And while traditionally the water is meant for cleansing and purification, the emphasis now is on fun and party. That it falls in April, which is usually the hottest month of the year certainly makes the water-throwing all more popular among the youth and foreigners.
Thai National Holiday
Songkran 2015 is the most important festival for Thais and is a Thai national holiday. While the official national holiday is for 3 days, from 13 April to 15 April , workers’ days-off often last for as long as a week.
Songkran Water Fights
Songkran 2015 Festival, the Water Festival is very closely associated with water. Originally, people gently pour water to elders and family to give good fortune, but now it has evolved to splashing strangers on the streets with water, either with water gun or bucket of water, all in the spirit of good fun. Because of this, Songkran is also often called as the Water Festival. International tourists have mixed preference about this. Some will avoid traveling to Thailand during Songkran 2015 festival, but many plan their travel to coincide with the festival and join in the fun of Songkran water fights.
Pay Respect to Buddha
Many Thai people celebrate Songkran by visiting Buddhist temple (wat) to pay respect to Buddha and to give alms to Buddhist monks. People also clean Buddha images in the temple by gently pouring water on them.
Happy Songkran 2015!
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