The year is 2552, and we are celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year at the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon. The Thai calender, similarly to the Nepalese one, counts the years from the date that Buddha was born, just like Christian countries count the dates from Christ’s birth. Songkran coincides with the Vernal Equinox, which is more than I can understand of our mysterious universe and the more mysterious ancients who managed to somehow figure these things out.
We are celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, on Easter Sunday in London. Songkran is after all based on the Vernal Equinox, similar to Easter, so we are all connected more deeply than we think. Astronomical reasons aside, our main aim for coming to the Wat Thai was to eat the most authentic, unadulterated-to-the-western-palate Thai food we can find outside of Thailand.