“Happy New Year”
This was said to me at midnight on 31st December by my family members from England while we celebrated in the Philippines.
It was said to me again on 26 January by my family members from China (mother in law, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces and of course my wife) over a huge plate of ‘zhao zi’ or dumplings, although it was said in Chinese ‘Xin nian kuai le’
I’ve just had it said to me again by all my work colleagues here in Thailand this morning.
So for the next week or so its SongKran. This is the biggest festival of the year in Thailand. It consists (as far as I can see) of throwing water everywhere and shouting ‘happy new year’.
This morning we all turned up in our compulsary loud, flowery shirts, had a prayer ceremony at 7am outside the factory (as you all do each day right?) and gave our food parcels to the local Monks. My wife only let me give them this on the strict understanding they wouldn’t be misbehaving like they do in Lhasa. There was so much food donated it had to go into a pick up truck as the elephants panniers filled up pretty quick – there’s never a spare elephant around when you need one is there?
Now for the next 4 or 5 days everyone has a good time, plays jokes on each other and throw lots and lots of water over each other.
Clearly I am going to have to do my best to try and enjoy this, but 2 weeks off work surrounded by lots of young ladies in wet T shirts will certainly go a long way to help. Some snorkeling & SCUBA diving off Koh Chang combined with lots of fresh sea food and copious amounts of beer will also come in handy.
Certainly having 3 new years and 3 new years holidays is the way forward in my book. More Songkran info here for your general interest!
No loaded question at the end of the post today, just happy new year to you all and if I could lob some water at you I most certainly would.
Kap khun krup, xie xie, thanks.