• Short Summary

    THE FASCINATING SONGKRAN OR WATER FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE UNUSUAL AND PICTURESQUE EVENTS FOR WHICH THAILAND IS NOTED, WAS HELD IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF CHIENGMAI RECENTLY.

  • Description

    THE FASCINATING SONGKRAN OR WATER FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE UNUSUAL AND PICTURESQUE EVENTS FOR WHICH THAILAND IS NOTED, WAS HELD IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF CHIENGMAI RECENTLY.

    THOUSANDS OF BUDDHISTS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TOOK PART IN THE FESTIVAL, WHICH HAS ACQUIRED STRONG RELIGIOUS OVERTONES. SONGKRAN IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ORIGINATED IN THE SUPERSTITIONS OF PRIMITIVE MAN WHEN THE MEANS OF HARNESSING WATER HAD NOT BEEN DISCOVERED PRIMITIVE COMMUNITIES DEPENDED ALMOST ENTIRELY ON RAIN FOR THEIR LIVING AND THE GODS WERE CALLED UPON TO PROVINCE IT.

    NOWADAYS BUDDHA IS THE CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE FESTIVAL AND AT CHIENGMAI CROWDS THREW PERFUMED WATER OVER THE GIANT STATUE OF BUDDHA WHICH FORMED THE CENTREPIECE OF THE PROCESSION. THIS IS AN EXPRESSION OF THANKS TO BUDDHA FOR BRINGING TORRENTIAL RAIN TO CHANGE THE PARCHED EARTH INTO RICH FARMLAND.

    CHIENGMAI, THE LARGEST AND OLDEST PROVINCE OF THAILAND, IS RENOWNED FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, AND THE CELEBRATION OF SONGKRAN PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YOUNG MEN TO PAY COURT TO THE MAIDEN OF THEIR CHOICE.

    THIS PAGEANT OF COURTSHIP BEGINS WITH THE SPLASHING OF WATER EACH OTHER UNTIL BOTH ARE DRENCHED. A SHALLOW RIVER IS ALWAYS THE VENUE AND HERE THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THE GAME IN THE MEA PING RIVER. LOCAL RECORDS SHOW THAT MANY MARRIAGES HAVE RESULTED FROM THIS FRIENDLY "BATTLE OF WATER".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA80X2TSJRYM2G4QNDLOOM38842
    Media URN:
    VLVA80X2TSJRYM2G4QNDLOOM38842
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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