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Make a splash at Songkran with some modern appliances

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Water plays an important part in the celebration of Songkran, and is splashed over people during the festival as a blessing.Different foods are consumed during Songkran, including Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish.

Thailand turns on the waterworks with a smile this week. 13 April marks the arrival of a New Year for Thais with Songkran, the country’s traditional New Year’s Day and one of the most important dates in the Thai calendar.

A festival that has been celebrated for centuries, Songkran has its roots in ancient astrology. Indeed, its name itself means the move of the sun into the Aries sign of the zodiac. Water plays an important part in the festival, as it is the most important element in the agricultural culture of Southeast Asia.

Songkran

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Water plays an important part in the celebration of Songkran, and is splashed over people during the festival as a blessing.

As with many New Year festivals in the region, cleaning the home thoroughly is a tradition during Songkran, representing its status as a time for cleaning and renewal. Fortunately, this is one custom that gets easier with advances in the design and features of cleaning appliances. The upright Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum, for example, is great for quick spot cleaning, and designed to be easily handled so that your even children can help during this time. Others like the powerful Flexio II vacuum can take care of any dry or wet spill on both hard and carpeted floors, making cleaning around the house a breeze.

Once the cleaning has been done and homes prepared for the new year, it’s time for the celebrations and fun-filled traditions to begin. One of Songkran’s most prominent traditions is the throwing of water, and tourists to the country at this time can get in on the fun and celebrate with the locals by splashing one another with containers of water or water guns in the streets.

The water may have been mixed with talc powder or more traditionally, fragrant herbs. Grinding herbs before mixing them in the water releases more of their fragrance, and it can be done with blenders like the EBR2601, which has a detachable mill grinder for grinding dry ingredients.

This tradition originated as a way for Thais to pay their respects to others as the water was first captured after being poured over a Buddha statue for cleansing. This “blessed” water was then poured over others to give them good fortune and wash away bad luck. Today however, this ritual also doubles as a way for many locals to enjoy a reprieve from the heat, as April is among the hottest months in Thailand.

As with any major festival, Songkran also has a variety of foods that are traditionally consumed during the celebrations. These dishes vary from region to region, but popularly include:

Pad Thai – Stir-fried noodles

Khao Chee – A refreshing treat containing rice in jasmine-scented water and crushed ice

Gaeng Kiew Wahn Gai – Chicken with green curry

Krayasad – A crunchy mixture of puffed rice, oats, peanuts and Thai noodles sweetened with palm sugar and coconut syrup

Kanom Tom – Sticky rice and mung bean balls, usually piled up in a pyramid shape for consumption

Kanom Krok – Coconut rice pancakes

Pad Thai

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Different foods are consumed during Songkran, including Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish.

A Maxiflame hob with its strong, adjustable flame and specially designed burners is a great partner for frying up a delicious Pad Thai or boiling up a curry at the optimum temperatures. Specially designed for Asian cooking, the hob will ensure your homemade Songkran treats turn out perfectly.

Have a Happy Songkran Day, or as the Thais would say, Suk-San Wan Songkran!

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