Songkran is the name for Thai New Year and it’s celebrated between the 13th and 15th of April each year. English Teacher Online is proud to present our Songkran Reading Comprehension to help you build vocabulary and talk about this fun Thai water festival.
Directions: Read the story, “Ploy’s Songkran,” and answer the questions below.
Ploy’s Songkran (by Teacher Steve)
“Bang, bang, bang!” I woke to the sound of firecrackers, driving away the evils spirits in our village.
Full of excitement, I took a quick shower and put on my most flowery shirt, ran downstairs and said good morning to all the family. A pot of hot rice porridge was bubbling away on the gas fire in the kitchen so I quickly grabbed myself a bowl.
“Happy New Year,” everyone exclaimed. The kitchen was buzzing with anticipation.
After breakfast, we got in the car and Dad drove us to the temple. I filled a small silver bowl with scented water and carefully poured it over the Buddha statue’s hand and legs.
Grandma and Mum headed into the temple with home cooked food they had brought in ornate food containers. Mum placed them down in front of the monks and everyone put their hands together. I closed my eyes as the monks started chanting and I felt myself fall into some kind of deep trance.
Suddenly, I felt water splashing over my head and I realized that a monk was blessing me with lucky water. That’s when I remembered it was Songkran, nearly time for the biggest water party of the year!
When we got home we all rushed off to filled up our water guns.
- What sound woke Ploy up?
- What shirt did she wear?
- What did Ploy eat for breakfast?
- What did she do with the small silver bowl?
- What broke her trance in the temple?
- What did you do this Songkran holiday?
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