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Songkran Tradition

In the old days, Songkran's Day (song-grarn) was regarded as Thailand's New Year's Day, when fell on 13, 14 and 15 April, and then changed from such a month to 1 January.

Legend had it that Songkran's Day was held to welcome the sun that gave both light and warmth to the earth. Later, Thais regard Songkran's Day as the ceremony for remembering their grandmothers, grandfathers and a festivity. When Songkran's Day comes, the people regardless of men, women, children and adults go to the temple in the morning, together with bringing foods, flowers, joss sticks and candles to offer Buddhist monks to devote merit to their dead grandmothers and grandfathers. Some people invite the monks to pray at their houses. Then, they have a bath image Buddha at their houses and at a temple, and they take scented water to pour on their people's hands to ask blessings from them to be happy and prosperous in their lives. Then, they happily splash water to one another.

Also, they clean an altar of image Buddha, houses, living places and a cattle pen. For the aforesaid Songkran's Day, it is a general deed, but for each region there are a lot of details or odds and ends.

Vocabulary kum-sab

Regard yeud-theu
Change plian-plaeng
Legend tum-narn
Welcome torn-rab
Sun pra ar-tid or ta-wan
(ҷԵ or ѹ)
Light saeng sa-warng
Warmth kwarm-ob-un
Earth loeg
Ceremony pi-tee
Remember rum-leug theung
Devote merit u-tid gu-son
Image Buddha pra-pud-ta-roob
Scent num-ob
Pour rod (verb)
Prosperous ja-rern or rung-roerng
(ԭ or ͧ)
Cattle pa-su-sad
Pen korg-sad

Thu, 15 May, 2003

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