Food is an expression of culture. As a restaurant specializing in New Bangkok-style Thai fusion cuisine, Asian Mint is all about Thai culture and promoting its richness and beauty in Dallas.
And so, we’re joining the Thai world in celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, this coming Sunday, April 14, 2019 at our Forest Lane store. We’re observing the event in our own way, with a few traditional rites and, of course, some great eats. We sure hope you can join us.
What is Songkran?
Songkran is the traditional New Year celebrated in parts of South and Southeast Asia where Buddhism is practiced. Aside from Thailand, countries that observe Songkran include Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, parts of Vietnam and northeast India, as well as Sri Lanka.
Songkran comes from the Sanskrit word “mesa Sankranti,” which means “change” or “transformation.” The event generally occurs on April 13 or 14, when the sun passes from the constellation of Pisces to Aries. In the Hindu world, Songkran’s equivalent celebration is Mesha Sankranti.
In Thailand, Songkran is both a solemn event and a party. Traditionally, New Year is observed only for a couple of days. Recently, though, the Thai government has been extending the Songkran celebrations for up to five days to allow people to travel to their homelands. The solemn parts of the celebrations include house cleaning, making offerings at the temple, and washing Buddha’s hands with water. The party, on the other hand, includes feasting and dousing everyone you meet with water.
Join us for our own little Songkran celebration on April 14
Asian Mint will be celebrating Songkran in our own little way this Sunday, April 14. We shall have a traditional Buddha bathing ritual, and we’ll be making flower garlands. We’ll also have Thai BBQ beef and Thai beignets to share.
So, if you’re free this April 14, please come and observe Songkran with us at Forest Lane. We promise we won’t douse you with water.