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Old 04-06-2014, 10:37 PM
 
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Chol Chnam Thmey, yeung mnos khmer!
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:54 PM
 
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Do you celebrate as the Thais, Laotians and Burmese?

Happy New Year!
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:09 AM
 
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Yes, that would be Songkran (solar new year) for Thais which comes from 'Sankranta' the sun moving (into aries).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_(Thailand)

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Hence, Songkran falls on the same date as observed by most traditional calendars in Sri Lanka and India as in Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab and Tripura, not to mention Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos.

Songkran is also celebrated in Laos (called pee mai lao), Cambodia (called Chaul Chnam Thmey, Cambodian New Year), Myanmar (called Thingyan သင်္ကြန်), and by the Dai people in Yunnan, China (called Water-Splashing Festival). The same day is celebrated in South Asian calendars as well: the Assamese (called Rongali Bihu), Bengali (called Pohela Boishakh), Maithils (called Jood Sheetal), Oriya (called Maha Visuba Sankranthi), Malayali, Punjabi, Sinhalese, and Tamil New Years fall on the same dates, based on the astrological event of the sun beginning its northward journey. Songkran as such is similar to the Indian festival of Rangapanchami, Holi, with a lot of splashing of water as paints, colored dusts, and fragrances.
Songkran is similar to Jood Sheetal festival celebrated by Maithils in parts of Bihar and Nepal, also their new year, where water is poured on younger people's head, on plants, roads and everywhere possible. With putting water, one of the 5 constituents of life, on heads of youngers, elders bless them to be satisfied and never be longing for something unduly (Jiya Judal rahai in maithili). In Maithil villages, same age people pour water and mud on each other in celebration.
The traditional new year celebration in Sri Lanka also coincides with the Thai new year.
In Nepal, the official new year is celebrated on the 1st of Baisakh (Baisākh) according to astrological calendar Vikram Samwat and day often falls somewhere between 12–15 April.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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Yes, that would be Songkran (solar new year) for Thais which comes from 'Sankranta' the sun moving (into aries).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_(Thailand)

Oh, very interesting. I didn't know this New Year is celebrated in such a huge part of Asia. Please excuse my ignorance
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