Friday, April 13, 2007

Songkran! Songkran!

When we go down to breakfast the Toks boys are throwing buckets of water around and smearing people with baby-powder-water paste. This is Songkran. It's Thai New Year (based on the ancient lunar calendar), and is traditionally a time for a water festival to encourage the monsoon rains to come and refresh the parched earth and whatnot. What happens nowadays is a three-day, nationwide waterfight, which at some point (because I'm quite sure it's not part of the historical tradition) baby powder has become involved in, so Songkran now looks a little like this:

(This is before we went to Silver Sands and got thoroughly drenched by the water truck, washing all the talc off)


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