Apr 15, 2012

Songkran Festival Google Doodle

Google celebrated the Songkran Festival with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts:

1. The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. 

2. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.

3. The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following. 

4. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand.

5. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns.

via Wikipedia, Google

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