Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)
Phangan Island Culture | Koh Phangan culture and events
With all of the parties and festivals happening in Koh Phangan each month, it can be easy to overlook the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan. It is actually one of the largest festivals in the world and Thailand's largest yearly festival. The festival is held each April and is three days long. The festival is also known as the water festival of Songkran and residents and tourist's flock to the grounds to participate in this celebration of the Thai new year.
The Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan is known for its friendliness and heart warm display of Thai spirit. On the first day of the festival, participants head to Thongsala and its pearly white beach. At Thongsala, those who wish can enter the water at the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan and participate in the giant water fight that ensues. Water pistols and buckets pop up all over the place at the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan, and it is advised that you don't bring anything valuable in the water because when the water fight begins, there is no mercy.
Traditionally, the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan started when villagers would go to the temple and meet others in the street, wherein they would anoint each other with water and powder. This anointing of water celebrates the end of the dry season in Thailand, and the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan it usually lasts for three days although in other parts of the country it goes as long as seven. The Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan has always involved water but rituals and spirituality are virtually gone from the tradition, while fun, such as the water fights, have replaced the solemn moods of the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan.
However, you can still find several temples that have traditional dancing and live music for the Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan, celebrating the New Year.
The Songkran Festival in Koh Phangan is the place to be each April.
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