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|Songkran Day - the Ancient Thai New Year
Songkran is a Sanskrit word meaning passing or moving into, specifically referring to the passage of the sun into a particular sign of the zodiac. A sign refers to a particular group of stars, ther being a total of twelve zodiac signs. It takes approximately on monrth for the the sun to move in and out of a particular sign and when twelve signs have passed, a year is completed. Thi one year is called a "nakasat" year, (nakasat years refer to cycle of 12 years, called 12 nakasats). Images of different types of animals are used to represent particular signs for each of the years, namely:
- The year of the rat : a rat and a male angel.
- The year of the ox : a cow and a male human being.
- The year of the tiger : a tiger and a female human being.
- The year of the rabbit : a rabbit and a female being.
- The year of the great snake : the Naga king and a male angel.
- The year of the snake : a small snake and a male human being.
- The year of the horse : a horse and a female angel.
- The year of the goat : a goat and a female angel.
- The year of the monkey : a monkey and a male butterfly.
- The year of the rooster : a rooster and a male butterfly.
- The year of the dog : a dog and a female butterfly.
- The year of the pig : a pig and female human being.
Songkran Day of B.E. 2539 (1996) coincides with the year of the rat, its nakasat sign depicting a male angel seated atop a rat. The next year, B.E. 2540 (1997), being the year of th ox will have as its nakasat sign, a male human being seated atop an ox, and the cycle continues until its completetion in the twelfth nakasat sign and henceforth a new cycle
resumes with the year of the rat.