Last weekend, I went to the Wat Buddhananachat of Austin, which is a Buddhist Temple. It was the Songkran festival, which is celebrating Thai New Year!
“This Thai Buddhist festival goes on for several days during the middle of April. People clean their houses and wash their clothes and enjoy sprinkling perfumed water on the monks, novices and other people for at least two or three days. They gather around the riverbank, carrying fishes in jars to put into the water, for April is so hot in Thailand that the ponds dry out and the fish would die if not rescued. People go to the beach or river bank with jars or buckets of water and splash each other.”
For me, I went to soak it all in and eat some new food!
I never did get to try this crepe-like food. The line was too long!
Green Papaya Salad…very tasty, but very spicy too!
Thai Iced Tea….strongly brewed + sweet condensed milk. Yum, but filling.
Dessert made from mung bean, coconut milk, eggs, flour, sugar….sort of like a bread pudding soaked in coconut syrup. An odd texture, but interesting flavor.
Sticky rice balls filled with pork.
“In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into piles and decorated with colorful flags.”
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!