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    Songkran's Day (Thai New Year) in Thailand

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     skynoi says one of the highlights of the Thai New Year is seeing the Songkran festival. During the festival, sand pagodas are created, and images of Buddha's are hung from everywhere. Skynoi says the Songkran festival is related to water, and the people of Thailand believe that splashing water will bring rainfall and that water is a symbol of fertility and cleanses call bad things.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Do you know about Songkran day? Songkran is a festival of Thailand.13 - 15 April every year.Songkran festival is important because this day is New Year’s Day in Thailand.


    Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks.Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran as a  Buddhist festival may also go to a Wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and  give food to monks.


    They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance over them.It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year

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