Introducing the Songkran Soak Festival, ranging from the unexpected to the deliberate and quirky…. Though there be plenty more where those anecdotes came from; this last one is about Songkran, the water festival of Thailand. The festival, held in April, marks the advent of the New Year, and is all about cleaning, purification, and fresh starts; it signifies the washing away of bad thoughts and actions, and said to bring good luck in the ensuing year.
For me, however, splashing complete strangers with bucket loads of of water, and being doused in turn (often by masked bearers of water-cannons), was primarily the main allure! As part of a thronging party on the streets of Bangkok, good-naturedly chucking icy (yeah, I threw in the cubes to add the bite) water at all and sundry, I count that watery soiree as one of the most alive experiences in my travels.
Images culled from the internet.