There’s something about Songkran that just makes me smile.
The drunk people who drive their motorbikes all around the city. The car accidents that happen every couple blocks just because people aren’t paying attention. The people who fall in the moat and drown, not to mention those killed by the drunk drivers I mentioned earlier. The people who douse you with ice cold water and powder during the three seconds that you are outside between your vehicle and your house. What better way to celebrate the new year?
Okay so those may be the horrible things about Songkran but there really are things that make me smile.
The happiness that you see on every single face you pass. The dripping wet people standing behind you in line at the grocery store. The sound of laughter coming from the back of the pick up truck next to you as the 20 kids stuffed in there all throw water at each other. The people waiting on the corners with hoses to spray each person who passes and their willingness to use their hoses to refill buckets and water guns for people they don’t know. The relaxed expressions on everyone’s faces because pretty much everyone has the week off work and school. The people who douse you with cold water and powder during the three seconds you are outside between your vehicle and your house. What better way to celebrate the new year?
This is my 4th Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) and I am still amazed at the sights I see just driving to the grocery store or a friend’s house. Thailand definitely knows how to celebrate!