Songkran Sand Pagoda 2021 – Thailand

Building a Sand Pagoda as part of the Thai New Year celebrations is something that has been done for centuries, and even though Thailand is experiencing a third wave of the COVID-19 virus, rural Thais in my village were not to be deterred from celebrating this ritual.

The Stupa is built on the temple grounds, as tradition has it that because during the year lots of sand has been carried away from the temple on peoples shoes, the local people are invited to bring back some of the sand and use it to create a pagoda to be used in religious ceremonies.

I got a phone call from my wife late in the afternoon, she was at the local temple and said “come, and bring your camera” which I did and documented this yearly tradition with my Leica. I was able to capture the building of the pagoda and sand figures of family members, that people construct to bring health and prosperity to those who are symbolized in the sand figures.

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