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Sawadee Songkran

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

This month Everton and Chang are celebrating Songkran.

The most eagerly-anticipated three days of the Thai calendar began on Saturday as the country welcomes in its new year.

The Songkran festival takes place from 13-15 April as the population pays homage to Buddha in a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion and water fights!

Jelavic and Vellios help celebrte Songkran

The Everton players have been getting involved too, with Nikica Jelavic and Apostolos Vellios splashing around in the swimming pool at Finch Farm and Marouane Fellaini trying his hand at cooking Thai cuisine.

During the celebrations Thai people clean their houses and show respect to their elders through the sprinkling of water, though in recent years it has become traditional for Thais to take to the streets with water guns and garden hoses to drench each other and passers-by!

This is often a welcome relief as April is one of the hottest months in the Southeast Asian country with temperatures regularly reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

Fellaini cooks a Thai curry

The significance of the water, which is commonly infused with fragrant herbs, is to symbolise the washing away of negativity and misfortune from the previous 12 months.

As ever, everyone at Everton would like to say Sawadee Pi Mai (Happy New Year) and Sawadee Songkran (Happy Songkran) to all our Thai supporters and, of course, to our main partner Chang.

Songkran celebrations in Bangkok

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