Thailand’s Songkran joins UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

New Year festival latest Thai addition to global list
2023-12-11
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/ New Delhi
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Thailand’s Songkran joins UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

In Thailand, Songkran refers to the sun’s annual passing into the Aries constellation, the first sign of the Zodiac, which marks the traditional start of the new year

UNESCO has designated 'Songkran In Thailand, Traditional Thai New Year Festival', as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage,’ which recognises festivals which are traditional, contemporary and living at the same time.
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‘Songkran in Thailand, traditional Thai New Year festival’ has been officially designated as part of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

This recognition highlights the cultural significance and enduring value of Songkran, adding to Thailand’s list of intangible cultural heritage alongside Khon (2018), Thai Massage (2019) and Nora (2021), says a press statement by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

It adds that in Thailand, Songkran refers to the sun’s annual passing into the Aries constellation, the first sign of the Zodiac, which marks the traditional start of the new year. Occurring in mid-April after the rice harvest, it is a time when people reunite with their families and pay their respects to older adults, ancestors, and sacred Buddha images.

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Songkran refers to the sun’s annual passing into the Aries constellation, marking the onset of traditional new year

The statement adds that pouring water is a significant act during Songkran, symbolising cleansing, reverence and good fortune. Other activities include bathing important Buddha images, splashing water on family and friends, folk plays, games, music and feasting.

According to the statement, the tradition is passed on through participation in the festivities. Parents transmit the tradition to their children orally through regular social and family interactions. Educational institutes, government agencies, the media and Thai astrologers also play an important role in preserving, promoting, and transmitting the astrological knowledge and wisdom related to Songkran, says TAT.

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Pouring water is a significant act during Songkran

It adds that Songkran promotes community cooperation, unity, and forgiveness. It is viewed as a time to symbolically wash away misfortunes, pray for prosperity for the coming year, reunite with family members, and honour ancestors and older adults. The statement adds that by emphasising the importance of older adults and family, Songkran helps to combat loneliness and social isolation.

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