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Songkran – Wash Away Bad Luck from Previous Year

Songkran – Spring into the New Year

The Songkran Festival is referred to as the biggest water fight in the world. The celebration starts when the sun enters Aries, according to the sidereal zodiac system, typically falling on April 13th. The festival marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season, which is crucial for agriculture. Songkran is not only celebrated in Thailand but also in other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, where it is known by different names but they all share mutual traditions.

The most prominent feature of the Songkran festival is water fights and splashing water on each other as to wash away misfortunes from the previous year and to symbolize purification for the coming year. Traditionally, water was poured gently over the hands of elders and Buddha statues as a sign of respect and to receive blessings. But over time, it has evolved into a nationwide water battle where everyone can participate regardless of age or background.

Celebrate the Songkran Festival with Heritage Line.

Heritage Line offers captivating river voyages to three Southeast Asian countries which commemorate the Solar New Year. Heritage Line also celebrates Songkran on-board with a Cambodian Dinner and some traditional activities that passengers can enjoy for a memorable moment with the staff.