TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The annual Songkran Festival held by New Taipei City Government kicked off at Huasin Street in Jhonghe District on Sunday.
Songkran Festival, also known as “water splashing festival,”is the climax of this annual extravaganza of Thailand and Myanmar. The water splashing is a token of blessing that wards off misfortune and sending good wishes. Tradition has it that dousing each other with water washes away the misfortunes of the past year.
The New Taipei City Government has been holding the Water Splashing Festival since 1998 to promote mutual understanding and respect between local people, Myanmar-Chinese, Thai-Chinese and immigrants.
New Taipei City has the largest new immigrant population in Taiwan, while the Nanshijiao area of the city has the highest Myanmar-Chinese population, mostly living on Huaxin Street, an exotic dining and shopping area that earned itself the nickname of “Myanmar Street.”