This evening while buying some groceries,
a cask of Californian Red Wine, I noticed a basket of small bottles at the checkout counter. It appeared to me to be lemon juice or some type of condiment. My friend and I discussed the possibilities briefly as I picked up a bottle for a closer look.
"No, I don't like beer", I said, "but red wine is too expensive. Do you like beer?"
"Yes." she says. Oh, thank goodness, she's not a teetotaller.
"Do you like Leo beer? Singha beer?"
"Yes" she says.
"But Chang beer, it gives you a headache, right?" (OK, I admit, I said *headache* in English)
She agrees and we have a bit of a laugh about it. Anyway, here I am checking out with a cask of red wine (I finally caved in) and ask her "what's in the little bottle?"
"For Songkraan" she says, "You put it in the water." and opens the bottle to give us a sniff. Just like incense but without the smoke. So, I bought a bottle (to deodorise the shoe rack) and the young lady made no comment about my big box of red plonk :)
"Pour some Thai scented water on a Buddha image and elders, experience the cultural performances and traditions in the Northern style as well as enjoy various food along the streets." http://songkran.tourismthailand.org/
Sounds wonderful according to the website description, the photo is even more delightful. But, from what I've heard, the reports are very varied. I am looking forward to my first Songkran, but am aware of the dangers (wet roads and thin T-shirts) and possible inconveniences...like being REALLY WET, TOTALLY DRENCHED, for quite a few days. Not to mention the talcum powder that follows the dousing...so things could get quite pasty I imagine.
Rumour has it, the scented water should be poured over the hands, shoulder and slowly down the back of the person, not before 10 a.m. and not after sunset....ARE YOU LISTENING PEOPLE? Having sweet smelling water gently trickled over me sounds wonderful, much nicer than my friends encounter last year, when she was soaked in Ping River sludge.
I'm keeping an open mind and I'm eager to see what next month's biggest water fight *ever*, is like. If you're in Chiang Mai, keep an eye out for me, I'll be the middle aged farang women completely wrapped in plastic.
Cheers! And I mean, cheers...with a full bodied glass of red!
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