It was my intent to let Songkran go after the post last Friday's mention, but now that the sometimes seemingly inexhaustible holiday has finally dribbled to a close (so to speak - no offense to any of my older male readers with enlarged prostates) I've found myself once again looking back through photos old and new that sit in the "Holidays" folder; a reminder of both the fun I've missed and the inconvenience and mess I've avoided.
|Water scented with rose petals for a traditional blessing|
The simple blessing by pouring a bit of rose-scented water over the hands and the playful splashing is still the norm throughout most of the country, I'm told, and that's nice to hear.
|They were playing, but a tuk tuk is foolish during Songkran|
The part of the festivities I know I wouldn't enjoy would be getting soaked when you didn't WANT to be wet, were carrying something that shouldn't get wet or when your safety was compromised by a sudden deluge. You can, with some preparation, protect yourself: avoid certain areas, seal your valuables, dress to get wet and all that, but still...
|Water toys for sale in Pattaya|
High-powered water cannons and guns are against the law, but history's proven most any type of prohibition is difficult to enforce, and in a land where the baht talks louder than the law it would seem there's only the slimmest of chances of controlling it.
|A graceful face full|
So, today I again observed from a safe distance. These are images I've found on the internet and am passing along to you today as a sort of Songkran round-up.
|Elephants helping bathe the humans for a change|
If you happen to see an image of yours here that you'd like removed for some reason, please let me know via email and I'll edit the post. Have a good weekend, everyone.
|The Bucket Brigade targets a passing truck|
|At least this guy was wearing a helmet|
|A strong blast can knock a cyclist off course, or off a cycle|
|Probably refreshing... up to a point|
|Looks like a fair fight to me...|
|These two were caught unarmed|
|What a holiday for the handlers!|
|This almost looked more like a Songkran Flash Mob|
|Sometimes it's truly a madhouse. I wouldn't enjoy this at all.|
|Empty buckets of paste/powder piled up at the end of it all. "Finit" for the year.|