Songkran is the traditional celebration of New Year’s Day in Thailand, and the festival in Chiang Mai will carry on through April 15th this year. The main theme of the festival: water, lots of water, whether it’s being splashed on Buddhas or being sprayed from a water pistol on passers-by from the back of a tuk-tuk.
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Traditionally, people visit wats (temples) during Songkran to cleanse Buddha images by pouring scented water over them. It is believed this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.
Many cultural events and traditional dances are performed around the city.
The Wat Phra Singh Buddha image is paraded on decorated floats pulled by locals through the streets of Chiang Mai so that people can toss water at it.