The citizens of Thailand today celebrated Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year.
The event will get underway on April 13th-15th as part of the Thai New Year celebrations. Although these are the dates for the public holiday in Thailand, Songkran is celebrated over a wider period in different places around Thailand as well.
Originally, Sohgran began as a way of showing respect to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks by sprinkling water over their hands.
While the tradition is still practised, the Songkran Festival has turned into a water fight for all ages. It is most obvious celebration of Songkran where Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, and drench each other and passersby.
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, neighbors, and monks.
On her remarks at DC today, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham send her best wishes to the people of Thailand on the occasion of Songkran.
She says the United States values its longstanding alliance and close ties with the people of Thailand.
Working together, both countries have made progress on critical issues.
“Today, we are strengthening public health, building closer economic ties, and promoting a safe and secure region.” -Ms. Clinton
The United States is looking forward to deepening its partnership even more for the benefit of both countries and the Asia-Pacific region both share, Ms. Clinton stressed.
“As you celebrate this special occasion with family and friends, know that the United States stands with you, and we are committed to a brighter future for all of our people.” -Ms. Clinton
Thais believe Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.