There are many aspects to the tradition of Songkran.
The purists will be quick to tell you that too much emphasis is put on water fighting and partying these days, and that proper tradition is being lost.
So, for the record (no pun intended), and some cultural appropriation, I thought I'd explore some traditional Songkran songs.
But before we get into the music, here's a quick recap on what this festival is all about.
The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti (Devanāgarī: संक्रांति), literally “astrological passage”, meaning transformation or change.
It is Thailand's grandest and most important date in the calendar year.
The period marks a time to let go of the past and move forward, but also a time to pay respect and be grateful.
It is a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion and thankfulness.
Water is used as a means of expression to pay gratitude to elders and make merit/prayer at temples and shrines. But in modern times it is used to party and act like a loon!
Anyway, before you venture out and get busy with your water pistol and dance to Thai pop songs, take some time to appreciate these 5 traditional Songkran songs that live on in every 7-Eleven, mall, airport and just about every other place at this time of year!
Oh, and before I forget, it's also an extremely good idea to invest in one of those waterproof boat bags to keep your phone and money in when walking around.
In fact, when you're done with these songs, make sure you read my Songkran guide, which covers all the cultural aspects of this festive period, and includes 10 essential tips for staying safe.
I hope you have heaps of fun. Stay safe. Don't drink and drive, and take care crossing the road.