The Thai world will be celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, this coming weekend. As a leading Thai restaurant actively promoting Thailand’s culture in Dallas, Asian Mint, EnjoyMint’s big mama, will be observing Songkran on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Forest Lane location.
We hope you’ll join us for the celebration.
What is Songkran?
What is Songkran and why does it matter? As mentioned earlier, Songkran is the Thai New Year. It’s also a traditional New Year event observed in South and Southeast Asian countries where Buddhism is actively practiced. These countries include Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Sri Lanka, as well as northeast India and parts of Vietnam. Some provinces in China also hold Songkran celebrations.
The word “Songkran” means “transformation.” It comes from the Sanskrit word “mesa Sankranti”; in countries that practice Hinduism, Songkran is called Mesha Sankranti. The event usually takes place on April 13 or 14, when the sun travels to the constellation of Aries from Pisces.
In Thailand, Songkran is held for around five days to give people time to return to their hometowns. Songkran is both a religious event and an excuse to party. Religious rituals observed during Songkran include house cleaning, temple offerings, and Buddha bathing. The party part, on the other hand, typically includes eating great food and throwing water at everybody. In Bangkok, the streets become arenas for water fights.
Great food and little rituals await you at Asian Mint’s Songkran
Again, Asian Mint’s Songkran celebrations will be on Sunday, April 14 at Forest Lane. There will be a traditional Buddha bathing ritual, as well as flower garland-making. And because no celebration is complete without great food, there will be Thai BBQ beef and Thai beignets for everyone.
If you’re free this coming April 14, please pass by Asian Mint Forest Lane. If not, please try to stop by EnjoyMint and enjoy our Thai beignets.