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.
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Songkran: The Thai Water Festival
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.
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 Activity Packet
The Songkran festival is associated with water and its symbolic cleansing qualities. This free download from BKK Kids includes water-themed cross-curricular activities, including
- Butterfly Mono Printing – Explore symmetrical patterns and colour-mixing
- Writing About Water – Choose from a story, poem, or descriptive words
- Make a DIY Raincloud – Practice capacity and counting
- Make Your Own Ocean Drum – Create sound and find rhythm
- Water Bottle Fountain Experiment – Investigate air pressure and basic fluid mechanisms
- Coloring Pages & Crafts
Books About 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: From Seedling to Supper – follow a photographer to Thailand as he explains the growing stages of rice and its importance in Thai culture.
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 – 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.”
Explore Thailand Further
Our Thailand 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.