It’s that time of the year once again when we enter into one of the most exciting times here in amazing Thailand. The weather has now begun to shift from the cooler balmy weather as temperatures rise throughout the land of the free. Nationals and visitors to this incredible land seemingly unspoiled by time, see April as the month that Thais and anyone willing to participate, join in to celebrate the Thai New Year. To celebrate this iconic event and keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu calendar, Thailand ensues in the world’s largest water fight.
What? “Water Fight” you might say. Yes; in short. This is the time of the year when the entire country will celebrate the Thai New Year through a water festival. The streets will be filled with young and old alike spraying, tossing, catapulting, pouring, sprinkling and even the more mild drippings of water being strewn around everywhere. With buckets, squirt guns, water hoses or any container that will hold liquid life, these holiday goers fill the streets. Partaking in a ceremony of blessing one another by getting one another wet. It’s not uncommon to see kids and teens filling the streets with water that has been dyed bright red, orange, pink. As well as an aromatic talcum powder that too has been dyed in vibrant color with menthol and eucalyptus added to it. It provides a cooling sensation when placed on the skin and an even cooler feeling when water is poured over it. People typically travel back to their home villages to pay respect to their parents and elders. The festival goes on nationwide for 2-3 days in its entirety.
It is great that water plays a special and symbolic role in the Thai New Year and as a reflection of blessing. This celebration continues to add to a people who are rich in symbolic traditions. Too, I believe that Thais understand the importance of water, as used in these rituals. For this holiday resembles a time of purification and the washing away of sin’s or bad luck, if you will.
For a moment let’s take a very important look at why water is important to everyone throughout the world, as well as the longevity of the human body. Water is one of the most essential elements which provide us the ability to live. Take a look why.
- Water comes to us in many forms, not only through a faucet. All fruits and vegetables contain a large percentage of pure, naturally filtered water. So eat plenty of fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables.
- Every process of the body requires the use of water for proper functioning. Keep this in mind the next time you consider avoiding drinking a fresh and refreshing glass of water.
- If you feel dehydrated; you are. Be mindful to not allow yourself to become dehydrated. Always keep that water nearby.
- Water is lost during exercise. It’s not only about fat loss during your training. You’re losing more water than fat. Stay hydrated whenever participating in physical activities.
- Only in extreme cases do people survive without water for long periods of time. A person cannot survive more than a few days without water. Don’t test it; it could be deadly.
- Although coffee has plenty of water, the caffeine can act as a mild diuretic. This will hinder the water from playing its important role in body function.
- Water can dissolve more substances as in any other liquid. Water can carry within itself chemicals, minerals and nutrients.
- Water removes toxins from the body. The toxins can be removed from our feces, sweat, urine (all which contain water).
- Water carry’s oxygen to every cell in our body. Without oxygen (the most immediate need of our body) our tiny cells would simply dry up, die and our body would cease to function.
- Your water intake depends greatly on how much physical activity you perform. There are some great water rules available that you can follow, in order to keep you hydrated. A great rule of thumb; stay hydrated. Although you can drink too much water this is pretty difficult to do.
- Water regulates your body temperature. Hmmm, sound familiar? Your car does the same thing.
- Water helps to absorb food. Eat slowly; drink a bit of water after your meal. Guess what? You are less likely to over eat because the tummy will feel full.
- Water reduces muscle fatigue, release fat cells, helps kidneys as well as keeping your digestion active.
- Water is likened to a shock absorber to the brain, your eyes, spinal cord and even those little babies in the tummy (through amniotic fluid). Thank goodness for water surrounding our joints and those precious babies.
by Zina Docto
Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN”: Educating woman to discover their health and beauty from the inside out: overcome weight issues, sickness and disease.
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