THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is inviting guests to come together with their families to celebrate the Songkran Festival that includes traditional Thai games and ceremonies to ring in the Thai New Year together.
Thailand’s New Year merriments, celebrated from April 13-15 this year, combine ancient rituals with modern practices, religious beliefs with rambunctious celebrations.
While historically a time to gather with family and wash away the old while preparing for a fresh start, today the festival is well known around the world for its iconic, nation-wide water fight where people of all ages take to the streets splashing and spraying water at each other as a way to celebrate and catch some relief from the hot season’s high heat.
Visiting a temple is an important part of all Thai holidays and Songkran is part of it. Especially early in the mornings, temples will be busy with locals offering food, goods and money. Many will also hold special merit making ceremonies.
Songkran Celebration in The Dhara Dhevi style will run from April 13 to 19, 2016, when water will be gently poured over Buddha images.
There’s also the resort’s Songkran Parade and Rod Narm Dam Hua ritual honouring and rinsing the hands of elders, as well as gathering sand to be used in creating piles topped with flowers at the temples.
It’s part of the ancient “raising of the temple grounds” ritual and one of the great experiences that guests can join in.
There is an extra special celebration holding this year on Saturday. April 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the resort’s expansive lawn, Khuang Khong Khao as the ideal come together to “play Songkran”, which emphasizes traditional Thai culture, combined with a splash of style.
Guests can join local revelers to play the afternoon away while also learning traditional Thai folk games, enjoy local snacks in preventive market style as well as the live music in the early evening.
Throughout the celebration, the resort encourages everyone to dress up in traditional Lanna, Northern Thai attire to add a unique touch to the experience. The best-dressed family of the day will win a prize from the hotel. Entrance ticket is priced at 100 THB per adult and complimentary for the kids.
For Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, it’s not just a cultural demonstration but a way to raise money for the resort’s CSR annual projects.
The family experience stay offer of four days and three nights runs from now until April 20, 2016.
For more information on the festivities and accommodation, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +66 53 888 888.