Songkran: Thailand’s New Year Festival

Songkran Festival

Suk San Wan Songkran! Happy Songkran Day!

Celebrating Songkran

The Songkran Festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year from April 13-15. The word Songkran comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning “passage of the sun.” It is a time for house cleaning, family gatherings, visiting temples, and throwing water.

Water is an important resource to Thailand, needing plenty of it for the rice they grow, so it makes sense that it plays a major role in the celebration. It is a symbol of washing away the old year to prepare for the new year.

Traditionally, it was customary to splash water on family members and elders as a way of seeking good fortune. Today, it has grown into a major event with buckets of water, water hoses, and super soakers used to celebrate.  Songkran is known as the biggest water festival in the world.

songkran festival

Celebrations take place in provinces across the country and include events such as parades, beauty pageants with contestants dressed in traditional Thai dress, games, food vendors, flag ceremonies, dances, boat races, and much more!

Songkran Video

Songkran Activity Packet – a free download from BKK Kids.

Songkran Activities

Explore Further

Our Thailand Country Research Project guides students as they investigate the geography and culture of Thailand.  Great for an independent learning center, a small group cooperative learning experience, or a whole class activity.

Thailand Research Report

Books About Thailand

Toy is from Thailand

Toy is from Thailand – a young boy named Toy introduces readers to his culture.

The Umbrella Queen – a young girl named Noot paints from her heart and receives an unexpected honor.

the life of rice

The Life of Rice:  From Seedling to Supper – follow a photographer to Thailand as he explains the growing stages of rice and its importance in Thai culture.

Peek! Thai book

Peek!  A Thai Hide-and-Seek  – Papa encounters a variety of animals as he searches for his daughter during a game of hide-and-seek.

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Hush! A Thai Lullaby – a mother asks the animals to be quiet for her sleeping baby. “Hush! Elephant, elephant, don’t come shrieking, can’t you see that baby’s sleeping? Elephant, elephant, don’t you cry, my baby’s sleeping right near by.”

Thai Recipes

Thai Games


  1. lisalewismd on April 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What a festive celebration. I love people splash others for good fortune. That sounds like great fun. I love the book shares. Thank you!

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