Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) Nationwide Water Battles

Songkran is the Thai New Year - celebrated on April 13th. The length of the celebration varies by calendar year. The holiday typically runs three days.

What started as a light sprinkle of water at passersby has turned into a modern water battle over the years. If you venture outside you’re going to get wet. If not from someone on the sidewalk, from a passing truck full of water guns and buckets. It’s like a G-rated version of The Purge.

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All over the streets of Thailand there are Super Soakers for sale. Notice the water buckets for sale on the 2nd table.
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In the malls as well. Even waterproof hats to the left.
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There are waterproof pouches available to keep your money and phone dry.
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The slippery surfaces at stores and malls are prepared in advance with
slip-proof mats.
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The Thais enjoy every second of this holiday. Passing cars/motorcycles get soaked as the partiers eat and listen to music on the streets.
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Professional events run with water cannons spraying water on the revelers.
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There are pools of water to reload your weapons.
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You really have to see it to believe it.
VIDEO (36 seconds)
WARNING! Watch the volume level on your computer!
R Rated DJ at the Maya Mall music event. Keep in mind that English is not the native language in Thailand. Vulgar English words don’t have the same impact here.
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Songkran - Day 2