During Songkran, people travel across the globe to spend time with their family and friends and immerse themselves in water fights and street parties that last nearly a whole week! ‘Water fights for nearly a whole week?’ we hear you say…
Well Songkran is also known as The Water Festival which is to celebrate water as a ritual of cleansing the soul and washing away negativity from the past year, so we suppose there is a meaningful explanation as to why the water guns are out!
The traditional festival takes place between 13th – 15th April every year. It’s a national holiday in Thailand that marks the beginning of the new year. The word ‘Songkran’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘saṃkrānti’ meaning transformation or change. It derives from the movement of the sun from one position to another in the zodiac. According to its literal meaning in Sanskrit, a Songkran occurs every month. However, the period that Thai people refer to as Songkran happens when the sun moves from Pisces to Aries in the zodiac.
With Thai New Year being one of the biggest celebrations within the Thai culture we wanted to spread the love from Chaophraya.
In past years, we have always focused on this in the month of April. With much of our team here at Chaophraya being nationally Thai, we take a lot of pride in ensuring we boast a celebration over the weekend that this national holiday falls. This year is slightly different as we can’t be with our teams right now but we are sending them all our love and know they will be celebrating in style in the safety of their own homes.
We hope you are all keeping well and we cannot wait to celebrate in style with you again when we are able to open our doors again.