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April 13, 2011
Thais splash into the New Year

Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13. It marks the hot season in Thailand, where families and friends celebrate the festival by visiting temples and splashing water on each other as an act of wishing good luck. The traditional New Year celebration ends on April 15. ( 27 images)

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A child gets water splashed during Thai New Year celebrations in Prachinburi, east of Bangkok, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. AP / Wason Wanichakorn


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Thais engage in battle with buckets of water and squirt guns during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. The water throwing and other celebrations, which takes over most Thai cities and villages, last for three days. AP / David Longstreath



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Children take part in the water splashing rite during Thai New Year celebrations in Prachinburi, east of Bangkok, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. AP / Wason Wanichakorn



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Thais engage in battle with water guns in an attempt to set a world record for water splashing during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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A Thai model and others engage in battle with water guns in an attempt to set a world record for water splashing during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Thais engage in battle with water guns in an attempt to set a world record for water splashing during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Thais engage in battle with buckets of water and squirt guns during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Bus passengers look on as Thais engage in battle with buckets of water and squirt guns during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Thais engage in battle with buckets of water and squirt guns during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Thais engage in battle with water guns in an attempt to set a world record for water splashing during Thai New Year celebrations Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Bangkok. AP / David Longstreath



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Thais celebrate Songkran, marking the Thai New Year, by spraying each other with water in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Thai people celebrate the Songkran water festival marking the Thai new year in Khao-Yam road in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Thai people celebrate the Songkran water festival marking the Thai new year in Khao-Yam road in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Thai people celebrate the Songkran water festival marking the Thai new year in Khao-Yam road in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Thai people celebrate the Songkran water festival marking the Thai new year in Khao-Yam road in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Young Thais play water battle games to mark the start of the Songkran festival, at a shopping mall in Bangkok on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Foreigns and Thais play water games together to mark the start of the Songkran festival, at a shopping mall in Bangkok on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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A foreign tourist is splashed with water by a young boy as people come out to mark the start of the Songkran festival, at a shopping mall in Bangkok on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Thais celebrate Songkran, marking the Thai New Year, by spraying each other with water in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 13, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Madaree Tohlala



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Thai children and foreign tourists spray water on each other on Khaosan road during Songkran festival in Bangkok on April 12, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Foreign tourists play with water on Khaosan road during Songkran festival in Bangkok on April 12, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Children splash water to elephants to celebrate the Songkran festival, the Thai traditional New Year from April 13 to 15, at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok Monday, April 11, 2011. AP / Sakchai Lalit



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Children splash water on elephants to celebrate the Songkran festival, the Thai traditional New Year from April 13 to 15, at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok Monday, April 11, 2011. AP / Sakchai Lalit



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Elephants spray water at teenagers during Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Elephants spray water at foreign tourists during Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Elephants spray water at foreign tourists during Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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Elephants spray water at children during Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul



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