|Observed by||Thai and Malaysian Siamese|
|Significance||Marks the Thai New Year|
Does Thailand shut down for Chinese New Year?
In Thailand, Chinese New Year is a public holiday in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun provinces only.
What is Thai New Year based on?
The origins of Thai New Year combine Buddhist beliefs, ancient astrology, and the solar calendar. Songkran means the shift of the sun from one side of the zodiac to the other. The holiday is celebrated when the sun moves from Pisces to Aries, beginning a new astrological year.
Which Buddhist ritual is performed on the second day of the Songkran?
Wan Nao. The second day of Songkran Festival is referred to as Wan Nao. On this day, people start their day with merit-making, by visiting their local temple and giving up offerings to the monks. These offerings include preserved food, cooked dishes, fresh fruit and new robes for the monks.