Songkran, or Thai New Year, is a Buddhist festival and the most popular and important public holiday in Thailand. It is celebrated in Bangkok from 13 – 15 April, and for more than a week in other parts of Thailand, as well as in some parts of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. April is the hottest month in the year in Thailand so people tend to celebrate this festival by splashing water and also cleaning their Buddha icons and statues – this ritual is to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. Traditionally siblings and family members show respect to their grandparents by pouring scented jasmine water onto their hands while praying.
To celebrate, pupils from all nationalities joined the Thai cohort in Chapel Quad and had fun getting soaked on a bright Sunday afternoon. They threw water balloons, buckets of water and had fun shooting each other with water pistols. Thanks must be given to the Thai pupils for sharing this event and giving up their time to organise it, to the Chair of Internationalism, Yury Kovalev and to Mr Nelson, for making all of this happen.