Thai water festival or locally known as “Songkran festival” is indeed a very renowned cultural festival of Thailand. For many tourists, it painted the image of a big festival with a large crowd enjoying an exuberant celebration by splashing the water to everyone on sight. However, For Thais Songkran festival is in fact a very important period as it is indicating the time to move on to the coming new year and this is an annual opportunity for many Thais to travel back to their hometown to spend times with their loved ones.
Under concept of “Songkran festival of Thailand”, we would like to present the world the more cultural side of the Thai Songkran festival. Hence, in this collection we have compose the 3 artworks where each represent a different story in its own. First of the series, is of course the fun side of the festival where youngster splash the water to each other in Songkran day. The next art of the series, is in fact a very common scene, where little kids playing with sand in the temple ground. The last image where people bring out an elephant to enjoy the Songkran festival is definitely unique to Thailand and can only be seen in some parts of Thailand.
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Wutthipong SukthawilSpecial teacher, Faculty of Fine Arts Chiang Mai University