Do watch your belongings, do use public transportation if you are heading to one of Songkran hotspots, as traffic will be paralysed. Water as Symbolism, contradictory to what you may have witnessed throughout Songkran, fun-loving Thais dont just throw water at each other for no good reason (besides having a kick out of seeing other people soaking wet). A word of advice though: be careful on the tiled floors that become like ice rinks because it's a fiarly common sight to see inebriated young tourists slipping, sliding and ending up with their whisky bucket all over the floor. The second day of Songkran is officially the National Family Day. Other merit-making customs in Bangkok include the building of sand stupas which are then decorated with colourful flags and flowers. Families would wake up early and give alms to the monks, then ideally the rest of the day would be spent sharing quality family time together. A Miss Songkran Beauty contest is held in the Wisutkasat area, accompanied by merit-making, a parade and other fun activities. These can be seen around key temples in the Rattanokosin area. From up there you can witness the full extent of the game: a huge colorful crowd of smiling young Thais slowly walking between two rows of stalls selling water guns, food, soft drinks and of course, lots of beer. Do not throw water with ice or dirty water. Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents. Relatively means that you should still carry any valuable items in a plastic bag. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike. Songkran is the occasion for family re-unions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Do use waterproof bags to protect your valuables. More religious Thais would engage themselves in Buddhist ceremonies and merit-making activities throughout the holidays. There are police checkpoints set up at both ends of the street to confiscate bottles, cans and the white powder that is usually rubbed on people's faces.