pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn], is Thailand's most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning 'passing' or 'approaching'. Water is an important element of Songkran. Buddhists also visit temples throughout Songkran where water is poured on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a mark of respect. Appreciation of family, paying respect to elders and ancestors is another important aspect of the festival, with many Thai people making their way to their hometowns to spend time with older relatives. Offerings are left at temples on this day to ring in the New Year, with plenty of other events also taking place. Chef Jett has created a Thai menu that signifies this auspicious and celebratory festival and all his special memories of his childhood in Bangkok.