Travel Photos of Songkran in Bangkok

Songkran comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, a term that refers to the passage of the sun into the Aries zodiac. In classical Hindu texts, water splashing is a symbol of spiritual cleansing; sins are washed away during New Year, when gods and goddesses visit earth, and as a result of a long process of cultural exchange, Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Hindus in Tamil Nadu and Muslims in Bangladesh are all also celebrating New Year while Songkran and its variations are being celebrated in Southeast Asia.

From Songkran Festival in Bangkok, by Claire

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