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‘Songkran Festival at Wat Florida Dhammaram in Kissimmee’

“Songkran” marks the transition from the old year to the new year in countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. This traditional celebration, usually falling on April 13th every year, involves a water-blessing ceremony to symbolize respect for elders and a fresh start.

During Songkran, people offer alms to monks, practice generosity, and purify their minds as a way to welcome the new year. It is a time of reflection, gratitude, and paying respects to the deceased by extending accumulated merits to them.

The day is typically filled with rituals such as offering alms to monks, extending merits to the deceased, and pouring water on the hands of elders and monks for blessings. These traditions mark the beginning of a new life and a fresh start for the year ahead.

For those looking to participate in Songkran celebrations, reach out to Wat Florida Dhammaram at 2421 Old Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746 or contact them via phone at (407) 397-9552 or (407) 353-5562. You can also email them at or visit their YouTube channel at for more information.