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A schoolgirl is soaked with water thrown by an elephant in a preview of the upcoming Songkran Festival celebration, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival in the ancient world heritage city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, 11 April 2016. The annual elephant Songkran is held to promote the tourism industry prior the three-day Songkran Festival which starts on 13-15 April annually and is celebrated with splashing water and putting powder on each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year. (Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA)

A schoolgirl is soaked with water thrown by an elephant in a preview of the upcoming Songkran Festival celebration, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival in the ancient world heritage city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, 11 April 2016. The annual elephant Songkran is held to promote the tourism industry prior the three-day Songkran Festival which starts on 13-15 April annually and is celebrated with splashing water and putting powder on each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year. (Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA)
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12 Apr 2016 11:32:00
Revellers use water guns as they participate in a water fight during Songkran Festival celebrations at Kowloon City district, known as Little Thailand as there is large number of restaurants and shops run by Thais, in Hong Kong April 12, 2015. (Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Revellers use water guns as they participate in a water fight during Songkran Festival celebrations at Kowloon City district, known as Little Thailand as there is large number of restaurants and shops run by Thais, in Hong Kong April 12, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck. (Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
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13 Apr 2015 12:52:00
An elephant calf yawns as mahouts paint elephants ahead of celebrations for the water festival of Songkran in Ayutthaya, Thailand on April 11, 2019. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

An elephant calf yawns as mahouts paint elephants ahead of celebrations for the water festival of Songkran in Ayutthaya, Thailand on April 11, 2019. The annual elephant Songkran event is held to promote the tourism industry. Songkran Festival is held also to mark the Thai traditional New Year falling annually on 13 April, and it is celebrated with people splashing water and putting powder on each other faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the past year. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
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13 Apr 2019 00:05:00
A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, April 9, 2014. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, April 9, 2014. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)
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11 Apr 2014 05:45:00
The Songkran festival

“The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water upon others. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns. In addition, many Thais will have small bowls of beige colored talc sold cheaply and mixed with water which is then smeared on the faces and bodies of random passerbys as a blessing for the new year” – Wikipedia. (Photo by Seua Yai)
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23 Oct 2013 12:00:00
A reveller reacts during a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok April 13, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

A reveller reacts during a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok April 13, 2016. The three-day Songkran Festival starts on 13-15 April annually and is celebrated with splashing water and putting powder on each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)
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14 Apr 2016 12:18:00
Luxury buildings are reflected in front of houses at a lake dwelling also known as or palafitte or “Palafito” in Recife, Brazil, March 1, 2016. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

Luxury buildings are reflected in front of houses at a lake dwelling also known as or palafitte or “Palafito” in Recife, Brazil, March 1, 2016. Zika has spread most rapidly in the urban squalor of Brazil's northeastern coastal cities like Recife. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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03 Mar 2016 11:25:00
Hindu devotees perform rituals during the Bol Bom pilgrimage, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, August 8, 2016. During this pilgrimage, devotees walk miles barefooted before offering water collected from Bagmati river, at the Pashupatinath temple in Katmandu. Shravan Somwar or Monday of Hindu calendar month of Shravan is considered auspicious for offering prayers to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

Hindu devotees perform rituals during the Bol Bom pilgrimage, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, August 8, 2016. During this pilgrimage, devotees walk miles barefooted before offering water collected from Bagmati river, at the Pashupatinath temple in Katmandu. Shravan Somwar or Monday of Hindu calendar month of Shravan is considered auspicious for offering prayers to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)
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09 Aug 2016 12:42:00