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Songkran 2014

Songkran 2014

Songkran, or Thai New Year, is a Buddhist festival and the kingdom's most important public holiday. The word Songkran is derived from Sanskrit and means "Astrological Passage". Traditionally, the dates for the festival were set by Brahmin priests, but these days the dates are fixed.

This year, Songkran falls between 13th and the 17th of April. It marks the end of the dry season for the people of Thailand. Many Thai people visit their local temple to pray and to wash their Buddha icons. This cleansing ritual is to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.

Today, Songkran still embodies the same virtues and meaning to the Thailand culture; to many individuals across the globe, however, the throwing of water has become the festival highlight.  In fact, for three days, virtually the entire country turns into a celebratory war zone. Children with huge water guns roam the streets or sit in the back of their parents' pick-up trucks, which are loaded with buckets of water that is dispensed on anyone who happens to be within reach.

Food naturally plays an important role during Songkran. There are many street vendors selling all sorts of Thai delicacies during the magnificent festival. The foods that are served generally depend on the specific area of Thailand that you are visiting.

To get you in the spirit for the upcoming Thai New Year celebration we thought we would share three of our favourite AHG Thai recipes with you:

Toast Delight using Asian Home Gourmet Thai Green Curry Spice Paste

Thai BBQ Chicken using Asian Home Gourmet Thai BBQ Marinade

Thai Roast Duck red Curry using Asian Home Gourmet Thai Red Curry Slice Paste  

mī khwām s̄uk̄h pī h̄ım̀- Happy Thai New Year!

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