Welcome the Songkran goddess, believed to descend to earth. Maha Songkran is the first day of the festivities, signaled by the drum or bell of the Buddhist temple. People light candles, burn incense and offer thanks for the teachings of Buddha. For good luck, wash with holy water.
Virak Wanabat is the name of the second day, a day of prayer and forgiveness. Give to charity and remember ancestors. Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
The third day is Tngay Leang Saka, a time for water splashing. Bathing of elders ensures their good advice for the future. Cleansing the Buddha statues symbolizes the water that is crucial to life. It brings longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity.
"If you are courageous enough to risk everything for being alert and aware, enlightenment is going to happen."~Buddha
Happy Khmer New Year! Sok Sabay, Chnam Thmey!
At the very least, clean your house and eat some noodles!