Last February, part of Asia was celebrating the Chinese New Year. Today, from Burma to Cambodia, through Thailand and Laos, Theravāda Buddhists are celebrating Songkran. Believed to be among the most important celebrations, Songkran marks the start of the Lunar New Year in the Buddhist calendar.
In 2015, the Buddhist New Year will thus happen from April 13th to 15th, but since it is based on the lunar calendar, these dates can change from one year to the next.
This event is linked to the Water festival, a tradition that calls for celebrations and where you will most likely end up wet, as related by James on his travel blog. Anyone curious or who likes pretty pictures can also visit the following page dedicated to the event as celebrated in Bangkok.