Spring Traditions Around the World

Thailand: Songkran Festival


The Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year’s celebration, is held each year shortly after the spring equinox. “Songkran” is based on a Sanskrit word for “astrological passage.” On this day, it’s customary to clean the house and dress up in colorful clothes. People give food to monks, donate materials to the temple for repairs, and release captive animals like birds, fish, or cows. It’s also custom to celebrate this day by sprinkling or spraying water.

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