Every year in mid-April, cities across Thailand prepare for battle – for the world's largest water gun fight. In 2011, Bangkok broke the Guinness World Records for the largest water gun fight with over 3,400 participants. This event, called Songkran or the "big splash", marks the celebration of the Thai New Year. This year, Songkran will start on Friday, April 13 and last till the 15th. However for certain parts of Northern Thailand, the celebration may extend to a week!
During Songkran, it is customary for families to clean their homes and "wash away their sins." It is a time for renewal and many people take the time to visit their elders, pray at the temple and receive blessings from Buddhist monks. Taking place during the hottest time of the year, the throwing of water is a form of blessing while helping locals and foreigners keep cool.
- Hello/Goodbye: Sa-Wat-Di
- Happy Songkran Day: Suk-san wan songkran
- How are you: Sabai dee mai
- I am fine: Sabai dee
- And you: Lao khun lae
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