Thai New Year, Songkran
"Wash Away The Old And Welcome The New!"
PHILOSOPHY BEHIND –THAILAND'S-THAI NEW YEAR, SONGKRAN
Human mind, similar to the body, needs cleaning and purification more often that it is known to be. We live our lives with a heavy heart, sins on our list and guilt of undue pleasures. One must cleanse their souls time and again to keep the clock of their happiness going.
WHY AND HOW 'THAI NEW YEAR, SONGKRAN' IS CELEBRATED ?
Songkran, the Thai New Year is one of the biggest festivals of the Thai culture. It is the time of the year when people wash away their sins of the past year and welcome the new year with renewed vigor and freshness of mind. They leave behind the negativities of the past and welcome the coming year with a positive outlook and merit making.
The Songkran festival starts with the people visiting temples and adding some merit to their accounts of karma. In an attempt to wash away their sins, the tradition is to pour water on the statue of Buddha, which is believed to wash away the sins of the doer. People serve food to the monks and visit family and friends and offer their wishes for the new year. Post that the celebrations start on a larger level when the streets get vacated for the water fights to begin. People throw water balloons and fight with water cannons with each other. Elephants are brought to the streets to splash streams of water on the people and as a mark of washing away their sins, people participate with great enthusiasm and make this event one of the most awaited festivals of the year.
IMPLEMENTATION OF 'THAI NEW YEAR, SONGKRAN' IN OUR DAILY LIFE
Spring-Clean Mind, Body And Spirit!
Cleaning not just comes from within but also from your surroundings. Bring in Songkran to your life time and again by indulging in some cleaning of your surroundings. Clean your room/house, your wardrobes, work-desk, etc. and remove any unpleasantness from your visible vicinity. Bring in fresh, positive energy and stay positive throughout.
This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)
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