Songkran: Cleansing Sins with Buckets of Water

It was Songkran the other week, the Thai festival of water to welcome the new year. Wild and conservative Thai’s alike put on their daisy dukes and spaghetti straps to party on the streets and throw water at passerby’s and motorcyclists – sometimes rather aggressively and without compassion. Most often though, people are respectful of your desire to stay dry and simply wet your hands and feet. The wetting and washing is meant to signify the washing away of sins from the past year. It is a festival of cleansing that allows one to start anew.

I must have had a lot of sins, for I stayed continuously drenched (and dangerously dehydrated) for three full days.


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