Thai New Year takes place 13-15 April, coinciding with the Buddhist/ Hindu solar calendar. The Songkran festival also marks the start of summer.
The holiday is primarily about new beginnings and washing away bad luck and sins from the previous year.
Spring cleaning takes place in every house across Thailand, with everyone ensuring that their house is ready for the new year.
Of course, like a lot of large festivals, celebrations have evolved over the years and for most people Songkran is all about the water fights. Thousands of people take to the streets ready to get properly drenched.
Rather than just a bit of a splash about, people take their water pistols, jugs and Super Soakers, all set to fight and get soaked to the skin.
Don’t think you can escape a soaking if you’re in Thailand over this weekend, even passers-by will get a dousing, whether they wanted to or not.
The Ching Mai water parade is the largest part of the celebrations and statues from local temples are carried through the streets. Crowds of people are encouraged to pour water over the legs of the Buddha statues.