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The Thai traditional New Year known as Songkran, or the Water Festival, falls on April 13 of every year. The word “Songkran” means “move” or “change place” because it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is an occasion for family reunion. The celebration begins with early morning merit-making, offering food to Buddhist monks, the bathing of the Buddha Image, and releasing caged birds to freedom. Paying respect to one’s ancestors is an important part of the day and is done by pouring scented water over the palms of their hands. Elders in return wish the youngsters good luck and prosperity. In the afternoon, the celebrants of all ages will joyfully splash water on each other as people believe that water washes away bad luck.


In order to keep in line with the most recent COVID-19 restrictions, this year's Thai New Years festivities will be hosted on/in a variety of online and physical locations.

In order to participate in the events, tune in to the live broadcasts on our Facebook and Youtube channels at the following times:

Tuesday, April 13

Kai Whitcomb
Bathing of the Buddha Image
14:00 - 14:20

Kai Whitcomb
Respect to Elders Ceremony
14:20 - 14:50

Varayush "Pan" Sukontapatipark
Festive Music
14:50 - 15:00

Wednesday, April 14

Leslie Smith
Anna of Siam (Special Edition)
14:00 - 14:30

Salin Cheewapansri
Cosmic Island Album Premier
14:30 - 15:00

Thursday, April 15

Bhuddist Embassy
Mindfulness in Thai Dance
14:00 - 14:30

Patra Thai Massage
Thai Massage Supreme
14:30 - 15:00

Hosts (in order of appearance)

Kai Whitcomb Varayush "Pan" Sukontapatipark Leslie Smith
Salin Cheewapansri Bhuddist Embassy Patra Thai Massage

Hope to see you there!