• Short Summary

    Every year in April, Thais taro ghost the country celebrate the Buddhist festival of Songkran.

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  • Description

    Every year in April, Thais taro ghost the country celebrate the Buddhist festival of Songkran.

    Anyone who is at all familiar with this festival first thinks of water. During the two day festival, water is sprinkled on buddha images, monks, parents, and elders as a jesture of veneration.

    In Prapha Daong, 30 miles west of Bangkok, Songkran begins with the ritual of bathing the image of buddha with perfumed father, followed by monks sprinkling water of devotees.

    Then the fun begins. Just about everyone he walks the streets of the city is sprayed with water. Friends, neighbors, passerby may find themselves soaked form mead to toe.

    There is no nalico to these enthusiastic showerings. The Thai themselves think of it as a way of "cooling off" at the beginning of the hot summer season.

    But traditionally, the water means far more than that. Ritualistic bathing, a religious custom still followed by many Asian countries, represents the renewal and spiritual cleansing which comes form water.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD2BPMGV800ZMB5KQ1SNSZ5F7V
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2BPMGV800ZMB5KQ1SNSZ5F7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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