Pattaya Video Clips: Songkran Water Festival in Pattaya
Songkran is Thailand's traditional New Year festival. The festival usually starts on April 13 and marks the beginning of the long-awaited rainy season following months of drought. Also known and notorious as Thailand's water festival, Songkran is mainly wet - and you simply can't help getting soaked wherever you go in the heat of the day! From dawn till dusk, Thais will roam the streets with containers of water or high-pressure water guns, throwing sometimes ice-cool water or water mixed with talc at everyone passing by, regardless of whether you're a local or tourist.
Whereas traditionally this throwing of water was introduced as a symbolic method to wash off the sins of the year gone-by and pay respect to the elderly, Songkran as it is celebrated these days, has pretty much degenerated to the "world's largest water battle," especially here in Pattaya.
Traditionally, Thailand's Songkran festival is being celebrated for three days only (April 13-15) but in some parts of the country, including here in Pattaya, it has been extended to as long as a full week and usually lasts from April 13 to 19.
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