To a Thais, Songkran is a celebration of New Year. The festival captures the imagination of travelers around the world to join the cultural and fun attributes. Songkran marks the summer season in Thailand, where the heat reaches its peak, making the latter being enthusiastic bouts of water splashing between friends and relatives.
Songkran festival celebration is held all over the country, in Bangkok the event is held on the 10 - 15 of April. In Rattanakosin Island district, sometimes called “Old Bangkok.” the main celebrations, is focusing on the tradition bathing rites of the replicas of revered Buddha images originating from various provinces in the North, South, East and central regions with traditional food demonstrations and cultural performances. The opening ceremony will take place, 10 April, at Phra Chetupon Wimol Manklaram or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
There are also important celebrations through the country at various tourist destinations:
- Old City Songkran Festival, Ayutthaya
- Songkran Festival, Chon Buri
- Amazing Songkran, Suphan Buri
- Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival, Samut Prakarn
- Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai
- Songkran Festival, Sukhothai
- Fantastic Northeast Songkran, Golden Shower Tree and ‘Kan’ Festival and Sticky Rice Road in Khon Kaen
- Grand Northeast Songkran Festival, Nong Khai
- Songkran Nakhon Phnom and Thai-Lao New Year Celebration
- Hat Yai Midnight Songkran, Songkhla
- Grand Songkran Festival and ‘Nang Dan’ Parade, Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Songkran on the Beach and Phuket Bike Week 2010