New Year, Buddhist-style

from Press News, posted 04/13/2013 - 14:48

Forget about the fireworks featuring in the celebrations of Chinese New Year and when 31 December turns to January 1st. It’s now the turn of water as the New Year is celebrated in Buddhist Southeast Asia – Songkran in Thailand, Thingyan in Burma and Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia, for instance – and beyond.

Although the new year is marked in many Buddhist households and communities with reverence, prayer and memory, there is also a more irreverent side to the festivities. Indeed, right now the internet is awash with images from the start of Songkran earlier today.

There is a sizeable Thai community here in Copenhagen but somehow we suspect there will be little throwing of water, at least outside.

Happy New Year!


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