5 Water Festivals from Various Countries Similar to Songkran in Thailand
One of the most popular and highly sought-after festivals for tourists is the Thai Songkran Festival. Songkran can also be called the biggest water festival in Thailand. Because, all people across the country will take to the streets to get wet on that day. Songkran is usually held in mid-April.
Festivals are usually held to celebrate important and joyful moments. In various parts of the world, there are various kinds of unique festivals, such as water festivals. This festival is celebrated in different ways in each country.
Thingyan is also called Water Festival or the Festival of water in Myanmar, usually held in mid-April. When this celebration takes place, people will throw a bucket of water at whoever meets them on the street. Thingyan is one of the religious traditions in Buddhist culture.
Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia)
If Thingyan is done by throwing water at someone else, then it is different with Chaul Chnam Thmey . At the celebration of Thmey’s Chaul Chnam in Cambodia , people will bathe in holy water and then splash fragrant water on a Buddha statue.
Community Cambodia believes, traditions of Chaul Chnam Thmey can cleanse their souls. In this festival there are usually performances of traditional dances, music, and so on.
Vardavar Water Festival (Armenia)
When the Vardavar festival is held, Armenians will gather in a large field or pond. Then, they pour water on one another. Although it feels cold, generally Armenians like this, because this festival is one of the moments to gather with friends and family.
In addition, there is also the tradition of removing pigeons on Vardavar!
Dai Water Splashing Festival (China)
The Dai Festival is one of Dai’s ethnic traditions in Chinese China. Although there are not many of them, the Dai festival is held regularly every year, friends. Usually the festival is held for 3 days and each day has its own function.
The first day is a day to shop. On the second day the Dai tribe will make a lantern and float it to the river. Well, when the third day arrives they will gather in the temple and splash water. This is believed to be able to ward off evil spirits!
Ganga Dussehra (India)
The Dussehra gang, celebrated every year in Dashmi (day 10) of Shukla Paksha (the moon candle cycle) in the month of Jyeshtha (high summer) in the Hindu calendar, is a celebration of the arrival of Goddess on Earth from Heaven.
Celebrations are held in ghats in villages and cities along the Ganges river. Considered to give a luck, swimming in Ganga on festival day is said to eliminate one in 10 sins for life.