Songkran, or the Thai New Year’s Festival, is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. This festival, also known as the water festival, is based on a Buddhist tradition in which water is used to symbolize purification while residents return to their hometowns for family reunions and friend gatherings. Through time, the event has evolved into a massive public celebration as well as a massive water fight in which everyone is splashing buckets of water on each other. Throughout one week in Thailand, wild scenes of exuberance can be seen, with people dancing and drinking while being drenched from head to toe.
This was yesterday before Covid. But what can we expect in 2022?
Songkran may become a thing in 2022, but you’ll need a face mask, ATK tests, and you’ll only be able to do so in designated zones.
The Thai government appears to have had a last-minute change of heart about their previously announced Songkran policy for this year. Originally, it was planned to be a dry Songkran, with no water splashing permitted and only traditional events and activities taking place. Today’s decision is to grant “some organizers” permission to hold special events, but you must wear a face mask and pass an ATK test before entering the zone. Alcohol will also be prohibited.