New Year’s Thai Style
In Thailand, some dates are still noted in the Buddhist Calendar tradition, which means 2024 is the year 2567. Why the difference? Because the Buddhist calendar measures years from the date of the Buddha’s death, or Parinirvana. And in Thailand that traditional calendar measures the years astrologically, making April the beginning of the year and thus the date to celebrate Songkran. This is one of the most fun things you can do in life. If at all possible, go to Thailand to celebrate the New Year in April. You will not regret it. Millions of Thais and visitors to Thailand alike turn the entire country into a giant water festival, and everybody gets into the action, even little kids, which is what the photo at our entrance door shows.