Songkran 2017 gets off a great start with Amazing Songkran Joyful processions staged in the heart of Bangkok on 8th April 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The Amazing Songkran Joyful parades will go along Sukhumvit Road, starting from Phrom Phong Junction and finishing at Pathum Wan Intersection near MBK. The processions will showcase Thailand’s cultural diversity and the heritage of each region, the legend of Songkran Goddesses (Nang Songkran), and the story of Thai flowers in different regions of the kingdom. Spectators will have the chance to learn how the Songkran celebration has changed over the years and from region to region.
The first parade will showcase the symbol of Amazing Songkran 2017 with the show called “Amazing Blossom of Siam”.
The second parade will focus on Songkran Goddess, which is named differently depending on the day Songkran falls on each year. This year is honoured by the Thursday lady, whose name is “Kirini Devi”. She wears Magnolia flowers behind her ears. Her gem is emerald and she prefers nuts and sesame seeds. She has a hook and a bow as her attributes, riding on an elephant, which is predicted that this year will be productive, prosperous and healthy.
The third parade will highlight the amazing colourful floral parades of Songkran myths and traditions from five regions of Thailand, showcasing not only the different ways of celebrations, but also the story of Thai flora representing in each region too. The procession involves:
- Southern region Dala Ngam-ta Loi Khro Long Le (Torch Gingre Flower)
- Central region Hom Klin Mali Champa Sao Thin Thai Ngam (Jasmine & Champak)
- Eastern region Dao Rueng Bang Saen Aum Ruk Long Sichang (Marigold)
- North – Eastern region Siang Khaen Dok Khun Ban Hao (Golden Shower)
- Northern region Tong Kwao Ngam-ta Pee Mai Muang (Bustard Teak)
The fourth parade will display the earth of green Songkran by IRPC. There will be The Green Earth Queen and the industrial members from all over the country with the parade of decorated electric cars and “the earth of green Songkran show”.
The fifth parade will offer The Songkran traditions of Thailand’s neighbor countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. The parades aim at strengthening the relationship between Thailand and neighboring countries and sharing cultures.
Finally, the sixth parade will showcase the varieties of distinctive local cars from many parts of Thailand.
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