Hello!! Long time, no email! Today is SONGKRAN!! the day we run around with water guns and everyone gets drenched haha.
Here’s a summary (provided by our mission president) of the symbolism of the water festival:
The Songkran Festival is also known as the traditional Thai new year. The Songkran Festival is a time when family and friends gather to pay gratitude to elders and to visit temples for prayer and offering. Songkran literally means to pass or to move on. The Songkran Festival is also a time when Thai people cleanse and pour water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images. The festival also showcases a bathing ritual where the people pour water on the senior Buddhist monks. The process is believed to bring good luck to them. The young people pay gratitude and also show a sign of respect to elders in a sacred ritual, which involves pouring down scented water on their hands and also giving them new clothes. The Songkran Festival is a time when the Thai people splash water on themselves, which they believe will cause plenty of rainfall in the coming year. Water is also used to cleanse themselves from bad things.The bad things of Songkran Festival is that the carnal world turns an event such as this into a time to party hard and to lose all control.
No time, elders say it’s time to go! But I just wanted to bear testimony about my Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the saddest things about this week is that no one, not even the members, know it is Easter. I love Easter. It is a time to reflect on our devotion to Jesus Christ. I know that because He lives, I can live with my family for eternity. I know He lives. As Easter comes around this year, I hope we all remember Him and His sacrifice for us.
Love you all!