Well we may not be able to send you to Thailand but we can let you know where you how to find some Asain delights in London this week. Thursday 12th April is Songkran aka Thai New Year and to celebrate St Martins Courtyard is to be transformed into a Thai paradise with beautiful lanterns, and water features, authentic food from the street stalls and relax with a Chang oSingha. There is even a chance for two lucky people to win a holiday to Thailand, wouldn’t that be great. If you are up for some South-East Asian culture this is a must, Thai New Year…Sawatdee Kaa
3 Slingsby Place, Westminster, WC2E
Plus, there is a chance to WIN a holiday for two to Thailand!
The History of Songkran: Songkran festival takes place in cities and villages across Thailand from the 13th – 15trh April each year and is a water filled, fun packed national event that commemorates the important role of water in Thai social, cultural and spiritual life. Songkran is celebrated during the peak of the summer heat wave in Thailand and traditional festivities include the bathing of Buddha images carried out at temples and homes across the country and children sprinkle water on their elders to pay respect.
More modern celebrations have developed into large scale water fights from gardens and parks to busy streets and even from tuk-tuks as you make your way about the city. Visitors to Thailand are encouraged, and very welcome, to join in the fun with locals so if you are travelling to Thailand in April be sure to get involved and get soaked!