Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:11 AM
The Songkran Festival, also known as the Thai New Year, is one of the wettest celebrations in the whole world. Every April, between the 13th and 15th, villages and cities across the whole of Thailand take part in a giant water fight, soaking people on the streets from dawn till dusk.
This year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand are inviting Londoners to involve themselves in the festivities through an honorary celebration at St Martin’s Courtyard, which will be transformed into Thailand and beautifully decorated with lanterns and water-themed features.
Highlights include relaxing spa massages and plenty of delicious Thai food. The mini festival will also be holding a competition – giving one lucky person the chance to win a holiday for two to Thailand.
Songkran is celebrated during the peak of the summer heat wave in Thailand and traditional festivities include the bathing of Buddha images carried out at temples and homes across the country and children sprinkle water on their elders to pay respect.
Visitors to Thailand are encouraged, and very welcome, to join in the fun with locals so if you are travelling to Thailand in April, be sure to get involved and get soaked!
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