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For other traditions of celebrating the lunar new year, see Lunar New Year (disambiguation).
The Songkran celebration is rich with symbolic traditions. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced.
In some villages in south India, especially Karnataka, a festival called "Okhali" or "Okhli" is celebrated in which every household keeps a barrel of water mixed with chalk and turmeric to throw on passers-by. territory of Wake Island by Air Force members and American and Thai contractors."Thai people should think about what we want and how we want to promote the image of our country.
The date of Okhali coincides with that of Songkran in Thailand and Thingyan in Myanmar, not with the dates of Holi, which is a north Indian festival. Do we want to be known as the hub of the water party with booze and a high death toll?
Sangken generally falls in the month of 'Naun Ha', the fifth month of the year of the Khampti Lunar calendar coinciding with the month of April.
It is celebrated in the last days of the old year and the Lunar New Year begins on the day just after the end of the festival.
was planned for Singapore and the event was promoted as the "largest water festival party in Singapore".
However, controversy emerged when the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor for Tourism Products, Vilaiwan Twichasri, claimed that Thailand holds exclusive rights to celebrate Songkran and planned to consult with officials at the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Culture to discuss a potential lawsuit.
On the next day, people prepare food and useful things to offer to the monks at the temple.During the 2014 Songkran festivities, 322 deaths and 2,992 injuries occurred from 11–17 April.Drunk driving and speeding were the leading causes of accidents, in which most involved were motorcycles and pickup trucks.Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other.Traditional parades are held and in some venues "Miss Songkran" is crowned.