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Cooling the DRAGAN - Songkran with MTUTD


Following their workout MTUTD players took advantage of the Songkran holiday to soak head coach Dragan Talajic with some ice-cold water.

SCG Muangthong United are on a break in games during the Songkran festival, with their next match being a Toyota League Cup fixture away ton Songhkla FC on April 18th, and their next home match with Bangkok United on April 26th.

Songkran is an ancient Thai tradition dating back many centuries and happens mid-April. It's a practice consistent with Buddhist/Hindu culture. April is the beginning of the new year in Thailand and this is tied to astrology and traditional rice growing practices. At the same time, April is often the hottest month of the year.

The traditional part of the festival is to show respect for your elders by gently pouring cool water on their hands and perform a Wai, the traditional greeting of respect. Garlands of sweet smelling flowers are often presented as well.

Over time, as well as the traditional pouring of water and respect for the elders, Thais also partake in some intense fun during the official 3 day holiday. This can take the form of throwing water and applying powder to the faces of just about anyone that passes by. Major tourist areas in Thailand, such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket, will schedule official days for this type of activity. It's a fantastic way to celebrate the new year, while also getting some respite from the intense heat of April!

You can view MTUTD partaking in both the traditional and fun aspects of Songkran in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEKXxqOjIhk


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