I won't try to sway anyone's opinion here, but I avoid the "celebrations" like the plague. Usually I leave the country or stay in my room for three days. These days this **** has gotten out of hand.Why?, you may ask..... Ohh maybe it's because I don't like to have piss or dirty klong water thrown on me. Maybe it's because I don't want to be targeted because of my ethnicity. Maybe because I like to be dry when I go shopping or go out for exercise. Maybe it's just because I have personal space that I don't want violated without my permission. (Same reason I slug touts and beggars and small children selling flowers when they touch me or tug on my clothes) For a guy who has no hatred or anger in my life, I don't understand why I must retaliate immediately when people press that button.
Just today, at dusk, the final day of the "festival", I was riding my bike to the track so I could get some exercise running. Just a 3 minute ride on the main road. I had stayed dry the previous days by staying inside working on projects. Without any notice, a pick up truck full of people in back pulled up along side of my bicycle and completely soaked me. I was unarmed. I had no water. I was just minding my own business trying to get to point B. If I were armed, I would have killed....I propose the following solutions to the songkran problem:1. Just pass a law prohibiting things to be thrown from or onto moving vehicles during songkran. 2. Choose one color or color pattern for people to wear in order to opt out of having water thrown on them. Then those who don't want to take part, don't have to. 3. Only let children and youth under 18 celebrate songkran. No adult in his/her right mind (except Jan) should be allowed participate in such mass stupidity.
4. Or just assign certain places and certain times of the day to do the "celebrations" Seriously... F*ck Songkran holiday to hell