Thailand's Songkran Festival - Preserving Traditions and Culture

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AMATA's CSR Teams Join "Songkran" Ceremonies and Festivities in Surrounding Communities 

AMATA City Chonburi

The Songkran tradition includes gently pouring water in the palms of the elder or senior people, traditionally organized in family, businesses and communities.

Photo: Sand pagodas "Gor Phra Chedi Sai" in Thai at the local temple: People take part in the building of sand pagodas as a way for local people to make merit. It was reckoned that over the course of a year, a lot of sand would accidentally be taken away from the temple on the bottom of people’s shoes. So, once a year, local people would be invited to bring back some sand and build a pagoda. 

Songkran, the Thai festival is about cleaning, purification, and having a fresh start. In preparation for the holiday, houses are cleaned, and Buddha statues are carried through the streets in a procession to be washed with flower-scented water. The elders are also honored by respectfully pouring water over their hands to receive their blessing in return.

During April 12 - 13, the CSR team participated in Songkran festivities at local temples and district offices, namely Bang Phueng sub-district, Don Hua Thong sub-district, Klong Tamru sub-district, Na Phra That sub-district and Wat Bot sub-district in Chachoengsao and Chonburi provinces, all nearby AMATA City Chonburi, joining traditions and culture by offering scented water to the elder and bringing colorful flower shirts, rice and sugar packets as giveaways and drinking water for the activities.

AMATA City Rayong

AMATA's Rayong CSR team participated in a Songkran Festival activity at Mabyangporn sub-district and Phanat Nikhom sub-district specially organized for the elder, offering scented water and organizing games with prizes as well as supporting drinking water for the activities; AMATA also supported some funds for the annual Songkran merit-making tradition at Ban Wang Tan Mon village. 

Earlier, the team distributed drinking water and other beverages, instant coffee and meals to local disaster prevention and mitigation offices in order to support public officers and patrol services in their duty to prevent road accidents during one of the busiest times of the year for domestic travel. 


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