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John Moore

Free Member, Karratha

Thai New Year, Songkran or Water Festival. Story Within.

This Friday the 13th marks Songkran (The Thais New Year) or the Water Festival in Thailand.
Also celebrated in India, Cambodia, Burma and Laos.
Symbolic of this 3 day Festival is the Ratchaphruek (Cassia fistula L.) or Golden Shower Flower.
The golden blooms are the National Flower of Thailand, also known as "Khun" or "Chaiyaphruek".
The reason that this Flower is used to symbolize the nation lies in its colour:
Its blossoms symbolic of the yellow of Buddhism.
The Thais regard yellow as the colour of the King as he was born on a Monday and yellow is regarded
As the colour of Monday.
The flowers have a single green staymen, which rolls up to form a 9, the King is the 9th ruler in this dynasty.
Another interesting feature of the golden shower trees, they all bloom at the same time; this unity in
Flowering is felt to reflect the unity and identity of Thai People.
Now on the 13th the fun starts, no matter where you are, no one is exempt from having water doused over them.
This includes the King, Monks or the Police.
The three days you want to leave your cameras at home, for it will have water tossed over it.
The water is said to wash away the evil spirits and leave you with good luck.
The flowers of the Golden shower soaked in buckets of water can be purchased at temples, a few braches are in
The bucket as well.
These branches are used to sprinkle water on the Buddha’s heads, in and around the temples.
Water that runs off the Buddha is collected to wipe your face and wet your hair.
Good Luck to you all!!
I am now back in my hotel in Udon-Thani Thailand.
Walkabout John.

Comments 20

  • Kerstin Rösler 04/11/2007 19:07

    what a wonderful flower splendor, John.

    Welcome back in Udon-Thani you two.
    bless you kerst
  • Anca Silvia B. 04/11/2007 15:22

    Beautiful Golden Shower Flower!!!
  • Valentina Leconte 04/11/2007 14:20

    very beautifullllll :))) salut
  • Richard Lotz 04/11/2007 13:57

    Sehr schöne Farben und eine ausgeglichene Bildgestaltung.

    greeting from Germany (Wissenbach/Hessen)
  • önder Abas 04/11/2007 12:07

    nice colors.

  • Claudia Lotz 04/10/2007 23:03

    it´s a Dream!
    Yellow is my Favorit Colour.
    Best Greetings
  • Aniko Mocher 04/10/2007 21:26

    Wow, what a beautiful blossom!Unbelievable yellow-golden color.........must be breathtaking to see it in reality.
  • Tom McAlexander 04/10/2007 20:50

    Now that's Y E L L O W ! ! ! (with a bit of green thrown in) Thanks for taking the time (as usual) to tell the story.
  • Tanjung-Pinang 04/10/2007 20:29

    Fantastic, John.
    b monika
  • Colja P. 04/10/2007 19:21

    The Thais seem to have nice customs coming along with their belief. Too bad that you are not going to be able to make some pictures of Thai authorities "taking a shower" in the streets. ;-)
    Hope you enjoy those festivities this weekend.
    Dank je for this nice story and the beautiful pic.
  • Cees Kuijs 04/10/2007 19:20

    Very nice picture with amazing colors, John. Well captured.
    Greetings, Cees
  • Doris Thiemann 04/10/2007 19:04

    The flowers are fascinatingly beautifully and history really remarkable. Yellow Monday pleases me also, John.
    Many greetings

  • Antje Kalanidis 04/10/2007 18:45

    These are amazing colors!
    I hope you didn't get your camera wet!

    greetings from Dresden,
  • Dragomir Vukovic 04/10/2007 18:23

  • Reinhard... 04/10/2007 18:19

    A Sea of Yellow with green hooks in it, just beautifull!

    best wishes my friend
  • Peter Mertz 04/10/2007 18:11

    magic yellow :-))
  • Simone Slosharek 04/10/2007 18:03

    Wow! What beautiful coloured flowers! They remind me on a picture I took last week! Greets from Germany!
    Simone :)
  • David Bu. 04/10/2007 17:08

    This huge amount of blooms looks spectacular!
    And your story gives all the interesting background information. Well done mate!

    Best wishes, David
  • Ebi Fotofix 04/10/2007 17:07

    beautiful colours! I like it! Some years ago, I had the pleasure to see the water-festival..... I'd been wet all over..... but it was very funny....

    Take care of you, mate!
  • Leo_nid 04/10/2007 16:48

    Stunning yellow