Songkran- Thailand’s New Year Festival


Sawadee Pee Mai!  Happy New Year!

The Songkran Festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year from April 13-15.   It is a time for house cleaning, family gatherings, visiting temples, and throwing water.

unnamedWater is an important resource to Thailand, needing plenty of it for the rice they grow, so it is understandable that it is a part of their celebration.  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!

Find out more in this Songkran Festival video.

Discover More About Thailand

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.


Check out these books!

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.”

Do some cooking:  10 Thai recipes.

Play some traditional Thai children’s 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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