Surprised me! Songkran in Chiangmai 泰國|意外給我驚喜的清邁宋干節

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We planned to leave for Laos originally on 12th April. One foreigner has been living here for 3years, he told us it’s a pity! Because the biggest songkran celebration in Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia ) will be held in Chiang Mai. Alright, let’s stay one more day for it.

It’s the first day of songkran, we started walking to downtown after a late breakfast. Most of the shops have closed one day before, but those with the crowds at the store, they welcome us with smiling face and water! Minivans are loaded with people and even put the big bucket of water. We keep heading into downtown carefully, there are more and more people gathering, part of them in a traditional clothing with umbrellas or drums or decorations, but most of crowds have a bucket of water and a bowl, water is mixed with small red flowers, fortunately, sprinklings is on the decorative car with Buddha when they pick up the bowls. Tourists are equipped with water gun. Camera men packing camera in many ways to stay away from water. The dancers start the performance, later, all the parade moves toward downtown, whole road is endless. People shows their excitement, ground become wet, we cross the bridge and into the town is even more exaggerated , there are 2 fire trucks waiting to wet people, I can’t keep my pants dry anymore, it’s like a raining day.

I have to get a water proof case for mobile, then, I can join everyone. We walk long time along the road, no matter we are in residential district or bar street, be ready to get wet!

Even if 39 degrees every day here, get wet and dry, then get wet, I start feeling cold at 4 p.m. I’m enough for the get-wet- festival, it’s better to go Laos tomorrow.

原計劃在4月12日就離開清邁前往寮國,一位在這待了三年的老外說這樣太可惜了,因為宋干節在東南亞(緬甸、泰國、寮國、柬埔寨)最盛大的活動就是在清邁了,好吧,那就留下來一天看看!

宋干節第一天,睡飽喝足後我們開始往城區走,大部分的小店在前一天就關門,而那些有人群的店,迎接我們的是笑臉和水!貨車上面載的滿滿都是人,甚至放了個裝滿水的大桶子,我們小心翼翼走向城區,越來越多人群聚集,很多穿傳統服飾的人,有拿著傘或鼓,但更多群眾是拿著小水桶與瓢子,裡面裝著小紅花,幸好他們拿起瓢子時是灑向裝飾華麗的車隊上的佛像。有遊客裝備著水槍,每一個攝影師想盡辦法包好攝影機,一開始有個舞蹈表演,不久後整個遊行就動起來了,整整一條馬路像無止盡一樣,大家都滿臉興奮樣,地上越來越濕了,沒想到過了橋一進城之後更是誇張,我已經沒辦法只維持褲子乾,因為有兩台消防車直接等在那灑水,那情況跟下大雨沒什麼兩樣。

我不得不在路邊買手機防水套,然後我也豁出去了,走了很久很久,不管住宅區或酒吧街,都要有濕身的心理準備,我看路上只有攤販是乾的,即使這天天都是39度,濕了又乾、乾了又濕,到下午四點多走在路上也是覺得冷,已經受夠了一身濕的節日,明天還是趕緊去寮國吧。

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