Water ‘war’ kicks off Songkran

Bangkok: Revellers in Thailand started the traditional new year or Songkran water festival with a splash on Friday, cooling off from the city’s heat by throwing water at each other on the streets of the capital Bangkok.

Pouring water symbolises cleansing, reverence and good fortune in an ancient ritual that has grown in recent decades into what is sometimes described as the world’s biggest water fight.

The boisterous festival, which officially lasts for three days but always goes on longer, is a major draw for tourists.

“It’s like a completely different world, you know. We love it,” said Flora, 30, a tourist from France.

People drenched in water sprayed each other with water guns on Bangkok’s famous backpacker Khao San Road.

“We just flew to Thailand and it’s amazing to be here for the festival,” said Chloe, 25, another French tourist.

The festival, which is also celebrated in neighbouring Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, falls at the hottest time of year when temperatures can climb above 40°C. — Reuters

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