Songkran is the traditional start of the Buddhist New Year as well as the end of the dry season. A national holiday, the festival sees a ritual washing of Buddha images and bathing. It is evolved in to a loud, boisterous and fun festival that features water throwing in the streets. Activities occur at the Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town and at major centres such as Patong, Kata, Karon, Rawai and Phuket Town. Contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office for more information.