By The Nation
Festival-goers are invited to pay respect to the replica Buddha statues from well-known temples, receive a Lanna-style blessing for good fortune, water the Buddha statue representing their birth day of the week, watch exciting Lanna-style performances, beat the heat of the day at the mobile water park and attractions, enjoy fun games at a traditional temple-style fair and win authentic Thai prizes – all for free from April 12-15 at Megabangna.
For this year’s Songkran festival, Megabangna is all set to offer happiness by bringing exotic ancient Lanna to the city under the concept “Mega Splash…Mega Lanna Happiness”.
The whole shopping centre will be extravagantly decorated with Tung – a northern-style flag – and Yi Peng, a northern-style lantern, to set the stage for the special event.
Activities are divided into the Sook Jai Zone, located at the main entrance, where every family can take pleasure from inheriting the Thai New Year tradition by paying respect to the replicated Buddha statues, such as the Lanna-style Phra Buddha Sihing.
Shoppers can also water the Buddha statue representing their birth day of the week, and should not miss the chance to see exciting and rare Lanna-style performances such as the Sabatchai Drum Dance and Jeng Dance – an elegant and exhilarating dance created from the ancient Thai martial arts – and the Sword Dance.
In addition, get ready to splash away all the summer heat at the Sard Sanook Zone, located at Mega Plaza, where everyone can enjoy all-day cooling off at the mobile water park, well-equipped with its giant water slide and water tunnel.
Last but not the least, reminisce the retro fun with a traditional temple fair that offers myriad food and snacks from your memory, such as old-fashioned ice pops and soda, cotton candy, sugar-candy sculptures, and shaved ice.
And be sure to top up all the fun with carnival games like shooting, balloon and dart, hoop-throwing and dunk-tank girl.