Songkran in Penang – Thai New Year

Happy New Year – if you are Thai.

Songkran is celebrated in the Burmese and Thai Temples in Burma Lane, Penang.  It’s on right now, so if you are in Penang you can go.  I generally go quite early – around 8.30 or 9AM, when it is only crowded – so it is still quite easy to get through people.  Later in the day it is so jammed you can hardly move.

Many people make it their mission to drench everyone in sight with water, so dress accordingly and have anything you don’t want wet in a plastic bag.  They are just having fun, and aren’t malicious, so if you ask them not to wet you they won’t, but you’ll get wet anyway.  People are happy and friendly.  I didn’t see any other caucasians this morning – I see them in the afternoons if I go again then. You can park in nearby streets, or the bus from George Town stops right at the front. on Kelawei Road.

There’s also free food and water, and you can buy beer and soft drinks.   And there are stage shows, music and dancing.  It’s a lot of fun.

Burma Lane

Burma Lane

first greeting - they spray water on you

first greeting – they spray water on you – backup water supplies on right

armed and dangerous - with water pistols

armed and dangerous – with water pistols

temple

temple and water pistols for sale

temple

temple

inside the Burmese Temple grounds

inside the Burmese Temple grounds

many people go around in groups with matching t-shirts

many people go around in groups with matching t-shirts

covered in cream

covered in cream

matching t-shirts

matching t-shirts

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

dancing

dancing

happy people

happy people

more matching t-shirts

more matching t-shirts

another stage show with water flying

another stage show with water flying

hundreds of people arriving on the bus

hundreds of people arriving on the bus

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