Something you might see quite commonly around cities celebrating Thai New Year are chedis, or sand pagodas. In fact, it’s a tradition in the region according to local custom was practiced as a way of replenishing the temple with sand displaced by the passing of countless footfalls.
The ‘chedis’ which are similar to upturned handbells, typically house the ashes of the family’s ancestors and were prayed to in the temples. Songkran is all about making merit and the cleansing of the past year and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the local culture than at a Buddhist shrine.
There are sand pagoda building contests all around the country where you’ll find a variety of styles and approaches. One thing is certain; you should make the effort to take in this particular sight whenever you get the chance.