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Festivity - Thai New Year
New Year occurs on different days in different countries follow Buddhism. The traditional Thai New Year is known as Songkran which is celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15. The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit meaning the beginning of a new Solar Year, but nowadays Thailand celebrates the New Year on December 31st.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believe that water will wash away bad luck. People roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors. Thais keep wishing Sawatdee pi Maï, Happy New Year to all the people they come across on that day.

The food items like Khao Chae, a rice dish, Gaeng Kiew Wahn Gai, chicken with green curry, Krayasad, a mixture made from puffed rice, peanuts, oats and Thai noodles, Kanom Krok, coconut rice, Kanom Tom, sticky rice and Pad Thai Noodles are some of the delicacies are cooked and served on the occasion of Thai New Year.

Having some similarities with Holi festival of India, Songkran is also celebrated in countries like Myanmar, Laos and Sri Lanka.

All over Thailand, colourful and splendid processions, a Miss Songkran contest, folk dances, and traditional games are held. During the afternoon of the 13th, Buddha images are bathed as part of the ceremony, and young people pour scented water into the hands of elders and parents as a mark of respect, while seeking the blessing of the older people.

Some people make New Year resolutions - to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal.

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