Songkran festivities return to Hong Kong this year, and are set to be bigger than ever to mark the 10-year anniversary of the water-splashing celebrations in the city. The event, called Songkran HK 2024, will commemorate the Thai New Year and take place from April 4-8 at D2 Place and Cheung Yee Street in Lai Chi Kok.

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A section of Cheung Yee Street will be closed off to create a water-fight zone.

The highlight of this year’s festivities will be a day dedicated to water-splashing activities at Cheung Yee Street on April 6. The entire street will be closed off for the day, and will have a ‘water fight area’, as well as stage performances, Muay Thai demonstrations, a Miss Songkran Festival pageant, and food and game stalls. There will also be cultural, song, and dance performances.

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A map showing where the outdoor Songkran festivities will be on April 6, 2024.

Apart from the water-splashing event, D2 Place will exude Thai vibes from April 4-8. Visitors can head to The Space on the second floor to check out traditional ceremonies associated with Songkran, parades, as well as a Chatuchak-style market and Bangkok-inspired street food stalls. In addition, there will be Thai dance performances and visitors can also try on traditional Thai costumes. The Space at D2 will also have a section dedicated to various industries in Thailand, such as diving, tourism, weddings, and medical treatment, and beauty.

map showing where the songkran stalls are in d2 place
Map showing the location of the various Songkran activities at D2 Place.

In Thai culture, water symbolises cleanliness, purification and rebirth. This is why people celebrate Songkran by bathing a statue of Buddha as an act of respect. They then splash water on each other using water guns, buckets or hand-held containers — an act that represents blessing each other, sharing joy, and purifying each other. Songkran is celebrated on April 13-15 every year.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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