Mango Tree Belgravia is celebrating the Songkran festival on 17th April 2013 with an evening of authentic Thai food, special cocktails and entertainment. Join in for a memorable glimpse into authentic Thai culture.
Songkran, or Thai New Year, is celebrated across Thailand in April and signifies the passage of the sun from one sign of the Zodiac to another.
The Songkran celebration is similar to those of the Indian Holi Festival, the Chinese Ching Ming, and the Christian Festival of Easter. In Thailand the festival is traditionally celebrated by the throwing of water, which originates from the idea of spring cleaning for the New Year. Images of Buddha were cleaned, then the ‘blessed’ water used to soak other people as a way of bringing good fortune. April is also the hottest time of the year in Thailand, so it’s a refreshing custom to take part in!
Nowadays Thais will roam the streets using containers of water or water guns, or stand at the side of roads with a hose and drench anyone who passes by.
Chalk is also used to cover people in, a custom originating from the chalk used by monks to mark blessings. The combination of water and powder makes for a messy celebration, but one that is much valued by Thais all over the world.
At Mango Tree we will not soak you or cover you with chalk, but provide a delicious menu of authentic Thai dishes originating from all over the country, as well as Thai music and dancing, food demos and fruit carving. It’s an interesting and entertaining way to get an insight into the beautiful and fascinating culture, and will be an evening to remember.