The Water Festival is the New Year’s celebrations that take place in Southeast Asian countries such as Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand as well as Yunnan, China. It is called the ‘Water Festival’ by Westerners because people splash / pour water at one another as part of the cleansing ritual to welcome the new year. Traditionally people gently sprinkled water on one another as a sign of respect, but as the New Year falls during the hottest month in South East Asia, many people end up dousing strangers and passersby in vehicles in boisterous celebration. The act of pouring water is also a show of blessings and good wishes. It is believed that on this Water Festival, everything old must be thrown away, or it will bring the owner bad luck.
Cycling is something that really is easy, simple and a lot of fun, cycling gives us freedom and independence to get around. I am sure most of us played on bikes when we were growing up, and we can all remember how much fun it was, so you don’t need to wait until your kids are old enough to ride themselves to start enjoying the benefits of cycling as a family, it’s easier to learn to cycle when they’re young and it’s a life skill that kids will have forever. Whether it’s a day-to-day activity, or an occasional adventure, is a great way to help keep you and the rest of the family healthy.
Getting on our bikes more often can help us on the way to making the small changes that can bring short and long term benefits to your health, the environment and your purse.