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Celebrate a Chiang Saen Songkran in Chiang Rai

01 Mar 2010

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa invites guests to experience a fun-filled, Thai northern styled splash of festivities at the Songkran festival from April 12th-18th, 2010.

All of Anantara's guests can take part in celebrating this traditional Thai holiday with the local folks and Thailand's sacred animal - the elephants. Guests are free to take part or witness the cultural ceremonies, activities, competitions, contests, parades, and more in the village of Chiang Saen.

Holding a record of one of the best places to celebrate Songkran in the Chiang Rai province, Chiang Saen boasts of a lively three-nation boat racing event and many other unique local experiences. Along the streets, processions of Buddha images are carried throughout the city. Revelers can participate in the ancient bathing ritual performed as a gesture of worship and thanksgiving to the water spirit. Gently douse Buddha statues with sanctified water for good luck, before turning to stare in amazement at the yearly "Miss Songkran" parade; a parade presenting beautiful contestants on floats, all vying for the coveted title of the beauty pageant.

Sample local delicacies and take part in the myriad booths offering food, games, and goods for a reasonable price in  Chiang Saen town. Stay on until later in the night to feel the ambience of a local concert, comedy show, and the judging of the "Miss Songkran" beauty pageant. 

Enjoy the traditional Thai New Year "Songkran Festival" beginning with "Wan Jun Kran Long" on April 13th, the day that marks the end of the old year. Follow up with "Wan Nao" on April the 14th, the day marking the New Year, before staying on for what is traditionally believed to be the best day on April 15th - "Wan Phra Ya Wan".

The widely popular Songkran festival is derived from the Thai word that means "to move" or "change place" as it is the day where the sun shifts its position in the zodiac. More commonly known as Thailand's Water Festival, it is believed that water will wash away a person's negativity and bad luck.

Shuttle services will be provided to take interested guests to all the main festival areas for a chance to join the chaotic fray. Guests can also opt for a water fight free zone (at certain specified times and places) and select for a serene Songkran instead.

Tuesday, 13th - Thursday, 15th April 2010

From 09:00 onwards

Song Nam Phra ceremony.

Sprinkle water onto a Buddha image at the Port Cochere area in front of the hotel.

To bath a Buddha image, people will start with an offering of flowers, candles and incense sticks before sprinkling sanctified water onto the image as a gesture of respect.

Wednesday, 14th April 2010

14:00-18:00

Songkran in Chiang San.

Share and splash the joy and happiness around while discovering local customs and traditions in the city of Chiang Saen.

Thai people celebrate this festival with water and everyone gets soaking wet. As it is the hottest season of the year, this custom is quite refreshing. Songkran is a Public Spring Cleaning Day, supported by the religious belief that anything old and useless must be thrown away, otherwise it will bring bad luck to the owner.

Throughout the 2010 Songkran festivities

Enjoy a special Northern Thai Khantoke Set Dinner, served al fresco on Anantara's Sala Mae Nam terrace, whilst taking in the tropical night sky.

THB 2,900++ per person

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Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
18th Floor, Berli Jucker House,
99 Soi Rubia, Sukhumvit 42 Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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