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Image Description: A geographical map of Thailand, national flag, and Songkran Festival poster.
Narration: Today is April 13th and it is the date when Songkran festival starts in my home country Thailand. Songkran festival is held to celebrate traditional Thai New Year’s Day and it is known as the biggest, longest and most important event of the year in my country. The main point of this festival is to bring unity in family and community, making merit, and sharing religious rituals which will bring fortune throughout the year.
Image Description: A picture of making merits by offering food and giving alms to ...view middle of the document...
I poured the water to the Buddha statue as well and wished all the best in the New Year for my family. Another part of bathing ceremony is to get blessings from elders. As humility, younger people pour the fragrant water to elder’s hand and ask for their blessings. I performed the ceremony with my grandparents and my parents and they prayed for me to have a successful year.
Image Description: A picture of one of the famous traditional Thailand cuisine called ‘Pad Thai’.
Narration: After all the ceremonies, my family came back home to eat dinner together. My country has our own special cuisine but it is influenced by neighboring countries such as China and India. Since many Thai people are migrated from southern China to mainland, Thai cuisines have Chinese traditional food such as noodles and dumplings. Moreover, India’s spicy seasonings such as cumin and coriander, as well as curry dishes are widely used. Tonight, my family decided to eat Poa Pee, which is Thai Egg Rolls that is traditionally eaten for Songkran, and Pad Thai, which is a noodle cuisine that is one of the famous traditional Thai foods. We chose to eat noodle because as Chinese believe, we also believe that long noodles symbolize the long life, bring fortune and wealth to the person who eat them.
Image Description: A picture of people enjoying water festival in Khao San Road, Bangkok.
Narration: After having delicious dinner with my family, we sat to talk about tomorrow’s plan for Songkran and we finally decided to visit Khao San Road in Bangkok. During Songkran in Khao San Road, massive crowd of tourists and Thais are into the water fight. People in the water festival carry anything that can spray water to each other. Massive sound system is also there with DJs and mostly young crowd are participating. On the side of the road, there are many stores that sell foods and drinks which make the festival perfect. Although it is a water festival, if you are wearing skimpy costumes, you will be caught by female officers marching down the street advising what to wear to join the Songkran festival. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s water fight and I better get to sleep now...