Friends and neighbors,
This is a time of year in Thailand that I really hate. It’s called Songkran, or Thai New Year, or sometimes just the Water Festival. You can call it whatever you want, but it still adds up to a week in which the entire country collapses into not much more than rampant street thuggery and public drunkenness.
Songkran was once a lovely holiday time. It falls during the hottest weather of the year, which in Thailand is really saying something, and back in the day it was an occasion on which the young showed respect and gratitude to their elders by pouring cooling water over their hands as the young knelt before the old.