Songkran Water Festival in Thailand This Water Festival is a New Year’s celebration in Southeast Asian countries. Westerners refer to it as the ‘water festival’ because people pour water on one another as a cleansing ritual in preparation for the new year. In Thailand the festival starts on April 13 and extends to April 15.
Ayutthaya, Thailand — Elephants splash water to celebrate Songkran or the Thai traditional New Year festival, in the ancient city of Ayutthaya. The annual elephant Songkran is held to promote the tourism industry and is celebrated prior to the three-day Songkran Festival also known as the water festival, which is held from April 13-15. PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPA
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