In Thailand celebrate National New Year – the most favorite among the people Songkran holiday. In the streets of the cities are carnival processions and musical parades. But the most important attribute of this holiday is water. We can say that Songkran – it is the largest annual water fights in the world. And in some cities, such as the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, the feast involved even elephants. Before the holidays decided to bless the older family members and monks, sprinkling them with holy water. Now, this tradition has been transformed: youth pours all the passers-by with water guns and barrels: A sort of analog of our Ivana Kupala with pouring and all, only on a much larger scale. Recalling the history of the holiday, it should be said that the ancient Thai lunar calendar consisted of 12 months and began in April. Great Reformer Thai King Rama V (1868-1910 years) understand that cooperation with the West requires the unification of the calendar. Monarch underwent a formal change to January 1, but the chronology continues in the Buddhist Era, which is 543 years older than the Christian. So, now there is 2551 since the Buddha’s death. Despite the fact that the new calendar year comes here on the night of December 31 to January 1, April 13 is the official in Thailand New Year holiday.
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