Dousing traffic at Songkran
Songkran is the Thai New Year Festival, celebrated from April 13-15 this year. Historically, the festival pays homage to elders and to the temple, as well as marking the transition from the hot and dry season to the coming of rain and planting of the new crops. Traditionally, Buddha images were bathed and young people poured scented water onto the hands of their family elders, with the water signifying the washing away of bad luck and spirits. These days, it's mostly all about the party though, as Thailand and much of the rest of Southeast Asia celebrates the world's biggest water fight, with three days of squirt guns, water cannons and plenty of good cheer. With temperatures usually in the 100s at this time, it's a pretty welcomed event!
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis