If you’re wondering how to introduce your children to multicultural exchange then there is no better way than to participate in local festivals while you travel. Active Learning is the best form of learning and hanging out with the locals is what makes you and your children feel part of the world, no matter how strange the celebration seems at the very beginning. And if we were to come up with one thing that unites people of all ages and cultures, it will definitely be water! How about a water festival? And what about the biggest one in the world? Your kids can’t miss it!
Why don’t you see the festival through Johna’s eyes, our guest blogger from Global Teaching Adventures, before you put Thailand on your to-visit list!
Maybe you’ve heard of it, one of the biggest water festivals in the world, Songkran, the Thai new year celebration just came to an end. This holiday is a highlight for both locals and tourists. A cross country water gun fight. Yes, you read that correctly, the entire country participates in dousing each other with water guns for a week long to wash away the past and cleanse them for the new year. This holiday also incorporates traditional elements that are very sacred to local Thais and should be respected if you ever get the chance to be in Thailand during Songkran. So if you are planning on making a visit or interested in putting a new trip on your bucket list, read on, and I will let you know the best places to go and what you will need in order to have the experience of a lifetime. I’ve started to look forward to it more than our own Western New Year, psssh…countdowns and champagne are no competition to water gun fights with random strangers.
First things first, Songkran takes no prisoners, everyone is game for a bucket of water poured over their head. Cars, people going to the market for a bite to eat, small children, and even old people participate in this joyous celebration. Be sure to look out for the ice cold water, this can send shivers down your spine and the ice chucks can cause some serious damage. In some towns they will even have giant fire hoses shooting out water into the crowd. If you are on a budget and can’t afford a water gun, don’t fret, plain old buckets work just fine. Your best best is to make friends with the locals, set up a spot with a barrel of water or access to a hose.
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