Kowloon City, known as the Little Thailand of Hong Kong, will host the Happy Songkran Festival for the first time since 2019. The festival, which commemorates the Thai New Year, will be held on April 9 at the football pitch in Carpenter Road Park. Tickets for the event will be distributed at 19 locations across the city.

The event, which will showcase Thai culture and traditions, will feature a Thai massage experience, live Muay Thai and dance performances, as well as the highlight of the festival — water-splashing activities, for which water guns and clean water stations will be provided. There will also be a cat walk show, a concert, and Thai food on display.

As part of SongKran HK 2023 at D2Place One in Lai Chi Kok from April 5-10, there will be several street water-fight activities: for families, for dogs, and for the general public. Registrations for these events will open shortly. The festival was last held in 2018.

The festival will feature a Thai-themed market, a Thai food exhibit, and Thai tarot card reading. There will also be several pet-themed attractions, such as pet supply stalls, traditional Thai outfits for pets, a pet-playing area, and special pet photo spots.

The Songkran Festival is an important event in Thailand and is celebrated across the country for three days in mid-April. The festival is marked by water-splashing, which is symbolic of washing away bad luck and welcoming a new year of good fortune.

Header image credits: Kowloon City Happy Songkran Festival

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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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