Celebrate Songkran New Year#3 of 114 things to do in Phuket
In the past, people used to take bowls of water, go outside and lightly spray all passers-by. Nowadays this custom has turned into a water madness! The Thai splash water from water pistols, woks and even buckets! Pickup trucks with whole water tanks in their baskets drive along the streets! To make the fun even more thrilling they sometimes add paint or ice in the water.
As a variation of the tradition of water splashing the Thai people sometimes coat passers-by with talc, which leaves a pleasant coolness on the skin. It is believed that pouring water purifies the soul and brings good luck, whereas coating with talc (they used to use white clay before) is a way to protect people from all dirt and filth.
Thus, Songkran is not just an insanely happy holiday, but also a good training for the mind and body!