Songkran is not all about water fights. There is another side to the celebrations which you can see at your local temple. That is the building of sand pagodas, or “chedi sai”. This is usually a family activity done during Songkran. The sand pagodas can be built to any design and with any decorations they like. Though there are usually candles and incense sticks which they use to make merit once they have completed the pagoda. Temples usually organize some kind of competition with prizes given to the families with the best looking sand pagodas.