Marking the start of the Thai New Year, today’s Doodle celebrates Songkran, a three-day holiday that has been known to keep going for an entire week.
The Google Doodle artwork indicates individuals splashing paint on one another, with an orange elephant trunk twisting over the front.
Songkran is the Thai New Year’s national holiday. Songkran is 13 April consistently, however the occasion time frame reaches out from 14– 15 April. In 2018 the Thai cabinet stretched out the celebration across the nation to five days, 12– 16 April, to empower citizens to travel home for the holiday.
While the original festivities included sprinkling water on each other for purification, and washing ceaselessly misfortune for the year to come, Songkran has advanced into one major, happy national water battle.
In Chiang Mai, the activity begins day early with a grand procession around the northern Thai city. The Bangkok road party known as Silom happens along a 4-kilometer road loaded with merchants selling water balloons, squirt weapons, street food, and drinks. On the island of Phuket, pickup trucks filled with water hurlers watch the jam-packed roads close to the Patong Beach zone, while unrecorded music and cultural events take place in Phuket Town’s Saphan Hin Park.
Songkran is additionally a period for spring cleaning, spending time with family and loved ones, and paying appreciation to time-honored cultural traditions.