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Songkran Water Festival ~ Thailand

Songkran, the Thai New Year, celebrated in Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand in 2010.

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Songkran is the traditional New Year in the Thai Calendar. It is celebrated usually between the 13th to the 15th of April (often a few days before and after too).

Songkran is also known as a massive water fight festival especially famous in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand. Thais and foreigners roam around the old city in tuck-tucks and trucks throwing buckets of water on everyone on sight. The presence of a moat around the old city makes it easier for everyone to fill their buckets.

Originally, splashing water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad parts of our life away. However, now it’s mainly for fun.

I spent the day walking around with my camera and got back home soaking wet and covered with a mix of chalk and water.

This photo above however is from last year, on Khao San Road in Bangkok. It was the pre-party (1 day before) along with elephant shows and all. You can imagine the chaos during those 4-5 days just by the photo.

Stay tuned for more Songkran photos in a few days!

Sawat Dee Pee Mai!

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Quick Tips:

I spent the whole day walking around with my camera in the middle of the crowd and realized that a good ziplok bag with some rubber bands attached on the lens is enough to avoid the camera from getting wet. I did not have a single drop inside and got many buckets thrown at me. No need to spend so much money on expensive covers!

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Things I love:

Songkran Festival and Water fights

DIY tricks and items

The feeling of being dry back at home

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  • http://CallingBubba.com Bubba

    Great shot, Dan, especially like the multiple streams of water! Can’t wait to see this year’s Songkran photos!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Bubba :) Photos to be published on Matador by Friday.

  • http://www.kirstenalana.com/ Kirsten

    So beautiful! I love how you can see the water flying through the air, I love the vibrant colors and I adore that elephant right in the middle. Beautiful piece of photo storytelling.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much Kirsten! Yeah I like how this photo describes what Songkran is.. Chaos!

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