Phuket’s Songkran Holiday Deals
Here at Phuket Deals we are always the first to say that Phuket is one of the most admired holiday hot spot. In Phuket there is something for everyone. From adventures of trained wild animals to shooting ranges.
During the month of April the Thai people celebrate their New Year. This adventure was quiet amazing. To celebrate this amazing New Year called Songkran.The meaning of Songkran is the entry of the sun into any sign of the Zodiac.
They hold a water fight which lasts for 72 hours (48 hours in Bangkok). This water fight symbolizes washing away all the problems and bad luck from the previous year and starting fresh and cleansed for the New Year.The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder.
Also the Thai people will wipe on the faces of strangers and neighbors some white powder. This powder comes in many form could be baby powder or could be a white peppermint powder. This powder being wiped on the face symbolizes good luck and new life for the New Year. Also another part of the Songkran festival is somewhat a close resemblance to April fool’s day as when the maids of the village play pranks on any gallant who happens to pass by their way. He will be caught and bound by the united strength of the maids and they will daub him with blacking. On the eve of Songkran Day, i.e. on the 12th April, the people clean their house and burn all the refuse. This is a Spring Cleaning Day done as a duty in the belief that anything bad belonging to the old year will be unlucky to the owner if left and carried on to the coming New Year. It is something like a Public Health Cleaning Day but backed by traditional belief has proved more effective to emotional people than prosaic reason.
Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks. Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags. 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.
If Songkran sounds like a dream time for you to go to Phuket then the Phuket Deals would like to help you get there! With our range of Holiday Deals we will surely have something to suit your budget, needs and wants! All you need to do is contact Phuket Deals so we can help arrange and cater a Holiday Deal that will give you the very best experience of your life!