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Songkran

Songkran is Thailand's traditional new year festival and is celebrated on April 13 to 15, 13th being the Thai New Year, 14th being the nation's Family Day, and 15th being National Elderly Day. This festival sees wide-scale family reunions. Families visit temples to make merit during this time, gently pouring water mixed with the Thai fragrance known as Nam Op Thai over images of the Buddha. This aromatic liquid is also poured over the hands of the family elders when requesting for new year blessings. Songkran also includes water-throwing sessions and as the celebration is about the process of cleaning and purifying oneself before the advent of the new year, most Songkran activities are water-based.

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Loy Krathong

Held every year during the lunar 12th month, the evening before the full moon, Loy Krathong is a picturesque Thai tradition. The Thai people congregrate at the edges of water bodies to launch krathongs formed from bamboo leaves and decorated with flowers, candles and incense in gratitude for the goddess of water's patronage. The symbolic action also represents water carrying any bad luck or misfortune away.