Pranburi, Thailand, May 06, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Songkran, the Thai New Year, was celebrated at Dolphin Bay Resort on April 12, 13, and 14 this year. Songkran marks a new astrological year and means to “move” or “change place” suggesting when the sun changes its position in the zodiac.
Traditionally, Songkran is a time to pay respect to parents, grandparents, and elders by pouring scented water over their hands and patting their faces with a paste of fragrant powder and water. It is a time to be with family.
Nowadays the festivities have evolved from a delicate pouring of water onto the hands, to an outright water battle. Pickups roam around loaded up with big barrels of water and water pistol toting revelers ready to douse anyone who gets into range. Total strangers drench each other from head to toe and have a good laugh all around.
Songkran is also referred to as the Water Festival, and is also celebrated in Laos, Cambodia, and Burma. Water is believed to wash away bad luck and can also be quite welcome as a nice way to cool off, since April is the hottest month of the year (as long as you’re not dressed in a business suit).
Thais love fun and Songkran is the most fun, playful holiday of all.
*Fun and Games at the Resort*
Dolphin Bay guests and staff had great fun drenching passers-by and each other, and with the games they organized on the beach - a Tug-Of-War, a Water Balloon Throwing Contest, and a Sand Sculpture Contest were the highlights of the festival. There was plenty of home-cooked Thai food and cold drinks on hand to quench every thirst and hunger, old-fashioned shaved ice and free homemade popsicles for everybody.