The Songkran festival, which is also Thai New Year, is a widely renowned holiday famous for the many water fights and street parties that take place across Thailand, even more so here in the capital – Bangkok. Major streets are blocked off, filled with crowds of people all in colourful clothing, holding water guns and ready to wet anyone in sight!
The real meaning behind the water splashing for Songkran is to symbolically wash off all the misfortunes in the past year and welcome in the new year with a fresh new start. The traditional ritual of Rod Nam Dum Hua, which means water pouring ceremony, is performed and involves young people pouring fragrant water into elder’s palms as a gesture of humility and to ask for their blessings.
We took the opportunity to celebrate Songkran in the office just before the long weekend started. We were treated to a buffet lunch and encouraged to dress up in colourful attire for the day. In keeping with tradition, our Leadership team were blessed by other staff members during the Rod Nam Dum Hua ceremony. Although there were no water fights in the office like on the streets, Kay, Plai and Sea Beach, who were dressed in traditional clothes, took the chance to splash some extra water on staff members walking by.
We hope you had a great weekend celebrating with family and friends.
Sawasdee Pee Mai!