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SONGKRAN FESTIVAL 2017 (​เทศกาลสงกรานต์)

by Mark Lanzuela

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Photographer | Graphic Artist | Blogger | Vlogger | English Teacher DIGITAL NOMAD. 

So i decided to leave the Archipelago(Philippines) to pursue my passion in life, travel photography. Little did i know it is also a door to new opportunities of developing not just my caree but also my character. 
I am currently here in the Northern Thailand teaching English as foreign language, but still workingas a  freelance photographer and Graphic Artist. Enjoying the beauty of slow paced life and learning new things, culture and way of living.

Thailand Buddhist New Year

Wet & Fun. I remember when i was a kid  (well, I still do it). I always love to go outside while it's raining and play. I don't know but, there is something in the rain that makes me feel relaxed and calm. Songkran Festival kinda reminds of that feeling. 

(Thai: เทศกาลสงกรานต์, pronounced [tʰêːt.sā.kāːn sǒŋ.krāːn]) is the Thai New Year's festival. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14–15 April as well. (wikipedia)

I know that Songkran is one of the most celebrated festival here in Thailand so i planned to celebrate it in the major cities like Bangkok and Chiangmai to witness and experience it to the fullest. But unfortunately, all buses are fullybooked(yes,  i travel cheap). So I decided to just stay in Nan Thailand and enjoy it in ChiangKlang and Pua District. Some of the Filipino teachers went back to the Philippines for vacation, and I am the only guy left in our district. Another filipina teacher in Lampang province visited us in Chiang Klang and she decided to spend the Songkran Festival with us.

We gathered in Teacher Christine's house and planned to join the water fights along the main roads of Chiangklang,  but we thought of doing it first outside teacher Christine's house. Then we ride the motorcycle around the main road. All the people are happy and enjoying each others company. Dancing, Singing and of course the water fights made it so much fun. Each school in the subdistricts made their own program as it is also the time of the year of Alumni homecoming. Paying respect to their schools and teachers, donating some money for their beloved alma mater.

It is really fun, here's my Vlog about my first day of Songkran experience featuring some Filipino Teachers.
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