Having fun is a big part of Thai culture, even better having fun amidst scorching heat! The hottest month of the year, April, sees the entire country go bananas in friendly water fights and street parties that last nearly a week. Also known as Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, Songkran was originally a way for Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders to bring good fortune, as well as pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into three days of fun-filled water fights and non-stop revelry, soaking locals and visitors in the teeming streets, with buckets of water, hoses and super soakers. Previously held on dates that were dependent upon the Thai lunar calendar, whilst Songkran is now commemorated on the same days every year, the sopping wet celebrations typically begin before and end many days after the official holiday!