In April/ May we had an at-home date with a Thailand theme. Songkran is the Thai new year festival.
A little background on the festival: The celebration traditionally involved sprinkling of water to signify respect, welcome prosperity, and was away bad luck. In modern times, this sprinkling has turned into water fights in the streets.
Here are some ideas for visiting Thailand and/or celebrating Songkran at (or near) your home:
- Dress in Thai clothing.
- Fill water balloons or water guns for a battle outside your home. (If you live on China, the roof of your building may work!)
- Eat pad thai, satay, papaya salad, green curry and/or cucumber in vinegar. Unfortunately, I don’t have any “tested and approved” recipes to share here; we were in the process of moving, and I ran across some packets of mixes for preparing Thai food, so I just used those.
- Watch a documentary about Songkran.
- Listen to Thai music.
- Watch a movie set in Thailand. Some options include Anna and the King of Siam, The King and I, and The Impossible.
- Watch an instructional video about doing Thai massage and then practice.