Songkran is the traditional Northern Thai new year. It’s a time of the year for many things including splashing water on people, getting together with family and friends and doing various religious activities. Sharon and I went to the temple this year and were able to ask deeper questions about things like this pile of sand with flags sticking out of it. Our current line of questioning is not “why do you do that” but is more along the lines of “what does it mean?”; “what are the consequences?”; “who does it?”, etc. Our focus is on the activities and objects that we see around us rather than the motivations for the behavior.