In which country is the Songkran Water Festival held each spring?
The Songkran Water Festival splashes it way across Thailand each spring, washing in the Thai New Year. While visiting local temples is an important part of the festivities, it is the wide-ranging and all-encompassing water fights in the streets that highlight the festival each year. Everyone, regardless of gender, age or social standing, is fair game for targeting. The throwing of water, whether from simple buckets or from the trunks of elephants, leaves no festival goers dry. Traditionally, throwing water is a sign of respect and well-wishing, and signifies a hope of washing away bad luck in the coming year. Source: TheAtlantic.com
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Currency: Thai baht
Capital and largest city: Bangkok; 13°45′N 100°29′E / 13.750°N 100.483°E
GDP (PPP): 2018 estimate