April 13, 2006

happy new year

today (the 13th) marks the start of the traditional thai new year, Songkran. the new year was originally an astrologically calculated date (curiously the traditional thai calendar was lunisolar but the new year was based on solar calculations) but is now fixed on april 13th (i think some time during WWII). it marked the actual start of the new year in thailand up until 1880 AD. it became another national holiday in 1940 AD, when the new year in thailand was set as january 1st.

so it's time to leave your watch & wallet at home & wrap up your money & mobile phone in zip-locked baggies. here comes the water :-)

btw you too can help celebrate this holiday, grab a water pistol or bucket of water & dowse everybody in sight ;-)


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