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Songkran Festival Happy Thai New Year - selected images of Songkran Festival 2012 in Thailand with Tewan Sapsanyakorn's ‘Rum Wong Wun Songkran’
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Songkran Festival Happy Thai New Year - selected images of Songkran Festival 2012 in Thailand with Tewan Sapsanyakorn's ‘Rum Wong Wun Songkran’

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effect & music – ‘rum wong wun songkran’ (jazz music) by tewan sapsanyakorn

effect & music – ‘rum wong wun songkran’ (jazz music) by tewan sapsanyakorn

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  • Songkran 2013: the water fights, parties and old school traditions

    Nationwide water fights, traditional Buddhist rituals, parties, parades and plenty of alcohol. The Thai new year, better known as Songkran, is now officially under way.
    Running from April 13-16 this year -- some cities stretch the celebrations out for a full week -- Songkran marks the beginning of the new solar year and the summer season in Thailand.
    Though Songkran is more famous for the huge water fights that rock the streets of Chiang Mai and popular Bangkok tourist zones like Silom and Khao San Road, there is a traditional side to the event.
    On the first day of festivities, families and friends celebrate Songkran by visiting temples and pouring water on each others' hands as a blessing, to start the year filled with good luck. People also pour water -- seen as a way of washing away bad luck -- over Buddha statues.
    Over the years, those traditions have evolved into a nationwide water fight, a welcome form of relief given that April is the hottest month of the year.
    It's also the busiest time of year for travel, with buses, trains and hotels packed with both Thai and international travelers.

    Rules of engagement

    Though most of the Songkran Festival is good clean fun, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're planning to get in on the water fight action.
    Most of it is common sense, really. For one, fight with clean water -- either tap water or the popular large white jugs of water widely available in Thailand.
    Hot water will not be appreciated (room temperature is fine), but, given how hot it is outside, most people won't mind if you pour ice-cold water on them as long as you're not hitting them with chunks of ice.
    You can fight with water pistols (or in some cases, huge water guns), water buckets (big or small), plastic cups (avoid glass) and even garden hoses. For safety reasons, high pressure guns or hoses are prohibited -- if used, they'll be confiscated and a hefty fine might be issued.
    http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/play/gallery-wet-and-wild-fun-songkran-kicks-thailand-711858
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  • 1. Songkran FestivalHappy Thai New Year
  • 2. thanks for watching cast friends of the world images credit www. music rum wong wun songkran / tewan sapsanyakorn created prakit Apr 14, 2555please press ‘Esc’ to exit or keep listening to the music