World Songkran Festival 2024 Celebrations Set for April 1-21

The government has announced that the World Songkran Festival 2024 will be celebrated nationwide from April 1 to April 21.

This event will span an entire month, turning it into a global spectacle across Thailand’s 76 provinces.

Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke revealed on Monday that this expansion is in response to UNESCO’s recent recognition of Songkran as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has formally awarded its certificate to the Culture Ministry, recognizing the festival’s significance.

The festival aims to showcase local Songkran customs and practices, with cultural networks across the 76 provinces and Bangkok’s 50 districts overseeing its organization.

The initiative for Songkran to be included on UNESCO’s list began in March 2020, initiated by Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration.

The Songkran Festival marks the beginning of the Thai New Year, deeply rooted in cultural and religious traditions, symbolizing the cleansing of misfortunes and the welcoming of new prospects.

Traditionally, the festival is celebrated from April 13 to 15 each year. The festival’s activities include giving alms to monks, gently pouring water over elders’ hands, engaging in cultural performances, and participating in the well-known water festival.

A highlight of Songkran is the water festival, where the streets come alive with water fights, symbolizing the washing away of the past year’s woes and ushering in happiness and energy for the year ahead.

Both locals and tourists participate in this lively event, equipped with water guns and buckets, reveling in the festive atmosphere.

Beyond its religious and cultural significance, Songkran fosters a sense of community spirit and unity, encouraging everyone to set aside differences, unite in celebration, and embrace the joy of new beginnings.