Archive - 04/02/2013

It’s April and Songkran Festival time in Thailand
Celebrating Songkran at Hansar Bangkok

It’s April and Songkran Festival time in Thailand


APRIL IS A SPECIAL TIME for Thais. It marks the Thai New Year, celebrated with the water-throwing Songkran Festival, one of the most magical events in the Thai calendar.

This year’s Songkran Festival runs from April 13-15. The national holiday is celebrated on April 12.

The New Year celebrations celebrate the beginning of the new solar year and is known for its water-splashing street parties that symbolize cleansing and purification as well as ceremonies and rituals to convey love and friendship with each other.

Songkran stems from ancient Thai traditions expressed through culture-rich ceremonies and rituals that reflect both the essence of “Thainess”, as well as local beliefs and practices.

Traditionally, the Songkran Festival portrays the typical ways of life of Thais involving agricultural aspects. Younger Thais pay respect to their elders by sprinkling their hands with scented water. The celebration also includes colorful local entertainment.

The unique regions of Thailand each celebrate the festival in different ways. The Lanna community in the North uses the occasion to clean up houses and dress in new clothes.

In the northeast, the tradition is called the Fifth Lunar Month Festival and has Thais paying respect to the ashes of ancestors. In southern Thailand, people take off work and go to temple during Wan Wang, or “free day.”

In central Thailand, the festival is simply called Songkran and residents give food offerings to Buddhist monks

Celebrating Songkran at Hansar Bangkok

hansar-bangkok-hotel_1ALL-SUITE HANSAR BANGKOK, located in the commercial heart of the city on Rajdamri Road near elegant shopping areas, is offering a special package to mark the three-day Songkran Festival, being celebrated this year from April 13-15. The national holiday is on April 12.

The Songkran Package, priced at US 480.22 for two nights based on double occupancy, is available between April 11 – 15, 2013.

Hansar’s package includes: Two nights accommodation in Hansar’s Studio Suite; daily complimentary breakfast; complimentary welcome drink on arrival; complimentary free flow Singha beer in the mini-bar; complimentary Songkran Survival kit which includes two water pistols, two Zip-lock bags to keep valuables dry and environmentally friendly sunblock; a complimentary 60-minute Oil Massage and a 30% discount on additional spa treatments; and two special Khao Chae desserts (a delicacy served only during the Songkran Festival).

Hansar Bangkok offers the best of both worlds – a boutique experience and extremely spacious accommodations. Hansar Bangkok has 94 suites, offering an integrated workspace, comfort dining and kitchen area flowing into an intimate relaxation and living area.

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