Dhevatara Properties DubaiSeychellesThailand

Dhevatara scoops two highly prestigious property awards

Dhevatara is delighted to announce that it has won two awards more info

Dhevatara listed in Thailand’s Real Estate Power 99

Stephen Owen, Owner’s Representative of Dhevatara, has been included in Thailand’s Real Estate Power 99 more info

Subscribe to newsletter

Email address

Name

Reservations go online

Dhevatara and "The Signature Collection" are pleased to announce that you can now book your luxury villa holiday through our secure online payment gateway.

Our payment facility is provided in partnership with our sister company, Prime Travel, a travel agency registered with IATA.

Please click here to go to our secure payment gateway.



Dhevatara Awards


Dhevatara Seychelles


Preferred Travel Partner

Prime Travel is Dubai's premier corporate and leisure travel consultancy. Their mission is to provide unrivalled customer service, a broad spectrum of product and an accurate and reliable service whether you are booking a complicated tailor-made itinerary or a simple package holiday. Click here.



Home Villa Sales Villa Rentals Media Centre Latest News Contact Us Partner Directory Sitemap

EVENTS

April 2008

Songkran Festival

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.

Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.

Some people make New Year resolutions - to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.

The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by gently pouring a small amount of lustral water on other people’s hands or over a shoulder as a sign of respect. Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100°F or 40°C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles.

Nowadays, the emphasis is on fun and water-throwing rather than on the festival's spiritual and religious aspects, which sometimes prompts complaints from traditionalists. In recent years there have been calls to moderate the festival to lessen the many alcohol-related road accidents as well as injuries attributed to extreme behavior such as water being thrown in the faces of traveling motorcyclists.

The water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad away and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs.

(Information taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_New_Year)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has posted a selection of events around Thailand where you can celebrate Songkran (http://www.tourismthailand.org/tags/festivals-Songkran_Festival.html)

Please find a selection of photos of Loy Krathong.

 

 

Dhevatara 101

Koh Samui Rental Villa | Koh Samui Pool Villas | Luxury Villas Thailand | Luxury Villas Koh Samui | Beach Villas Thailand
Samui Beach Villa | Koh Samui Villas | Koh Samui Rentals | Koh Samui Real Estate | Koh Samui Property | Koh Samui Real Estate Advice