Songkran

Songkran
12.04.2016

  Of course the whole routine of modern life in Thailand built on the Gregorian calendar and coincides with the European countries, for ease of interaction with other States, but also on your calendar (lunar Buddhist) Thais do not forget, remember and perform their cultural and historical traditions, which we see in other countries.
  And so, this new year in Thailand is celebrated in mid-April, and the name he was given Songkran! Songran, is celebrated from 13 to 15 to 19 April, it all depends on the days of the week. In addition, Songran marks the change of seasons. In Thailand there are three of them: the rainy season, cold season and hot. Thai New year Songkran ends the hot season, the rainy season, the beginning of which marked the traditional celebration of Khao Phansa.Songran is considered a Buddhist family holiday, on this day people bring gourmet cuisine to the Buddhist clergy as a sign of respect and to donate money in temples.
  Wikipedia says that historically this holiday comes from Ancient India, the name "Songkran" means in Sanskrit "go" (Sankranti), in this case, the change of seasons. Traditional festival of pouring water symbolized the call to the beginning of the rainy season to obtain a good harvest of rice. In ancient times Indian culture through trade routes became widespread throughout Indochina including the Malay Peninsula, therefore, at present this festival is also celebrated in the neighboring States of Thailand, where rice crops have traditionally been considered fundamental to life.
  Later it acquired the flavor of the area, where it spread and merged with the local culture and became a shade of religious action. So, the day of Songkran in Thailand traditionally begins with the morning alms to the monks (Tham bun), organized by far bigger than the usual daily rituals. Early in the morning at sunrise many monks gather in some public place for collecting alms ("bin tha bat") and bless all who came. In the temples at this time are beautiful rituals: a home-cooked sweets wrapped in palm leaves, the Thais are in the temple with the usual alms, and in the late afternoon taking part in a ceremony "co SAI" — collect the fine, white sand, carry it to the temple and build it around the vihan (Vihara) small Chedi (stupa), paying respects to the Buddha and his teachings.
  In different provinces the rituals may be slightly different, but their meaning is subject to a single tradition of Songkran.
  The tradition of sprinkling water has acquired a number of meanings associated with Buddhism and beginning of the hot season. The water signifies the cleansing from all the negative, accumulated over the past year, in addition, in the hot season it brings coolness. Additionally, festival participants can smear white clay or talc. It is believed that the clay repels dirt (and actually and figuratively), and talc are commonly used by the population for personal hygiene for the same reason as clay in the old days. Thus, the smearing with clay and talcum powder sprinkling means purification. Purification of the population in Thailand during Songkran is everywhere, in all the streets of all the cities, even in official institutions.
  Traditionally, the Songkran water yet not so abundantly, as can be seen in the tourist areas. The sculpture of the Buddha is poured from a small Cup. From the same bowls made people pour.
  Seeing and feeling yourself this holiday, you can't forget it ever! Songkran gives a lot of good emotions and feelings for life, but with friends it's twice more fun and enjoyable!
Happy Sonkgran!!!