Sawadee Pee Mai
April 10, 2003 11:17 PM   Subscribe

Songkran or in other words, Thai New Year. It is celebrated in style with a nationwide, week-long waterfight, amongst other things. The main event is on the 13th, but it seems to have started in earnest about 3 days ago.
posted by johnny novak (3 comments total)
One of my favourite festivals, I'm off to get soaked again.
posted by johnny novak at 11:20 PM on April 10, 2003

Spent the entire first week of April, 1994, soaked to the bone - and did it all over again for three days in Vientiane, Laos, where the same festival happens a few days later and is called pii mai.

DO NOT visit Thailand during the Buddha's birthday festivities if you are not prepared to be drenched by all & sundry. It's in sincere good cheer, with mile-wide smiles, but still, it gets a little old (especially after sundown when the heat leaches off the streets).
posted by adamgreenfield at 12:08 AM on April 11, 2003

Nation-wide wet t-shirt contest. Gotta love it!
posted by timyang at 12:52 AM on April 11, 2003

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