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To anyone who has experienced Songkran..this image may bring back memories. Originally a Buddhist festival.... where a ceremony of washing away the previous year was carried out quietly..perhaps at the local temple..now..it is total mayhem. Rather than a few drops of water splashed across your face and wishing each other Sabaii dii pbe mai~ or Happy New Year, pick up trucks with 44 gallon drums of water roam the streets in marauding packs looking for 'victims'. When found, bucket loads are thrown around...buckets, bottles, huge water pistol blasters...anything that can get you wet is considered fair game. Also, your are rubbed on the face with a mixture of talc powder and water ..which tends to set like industrial glue. It is a weeks long festival of total joy and abandon that is cellebrated in a way only the fun loving Thais know how. SO,..with plastic bags wrapped around our cameras and a hole for the lens to poke through ..off we went. The older people would rush up to us ...wish us happy new year,...daub some talc on our faces and sprinkle water over us. The younger ones..well we were fair game. Look closely and you will see water marks all over the lens. We went with some of our Thai friends and the whole day was an unforgettable experience. No one was angry, no fights broke out amongst the thousands and thousands who took part that day. In the west it would have been a bloody day as people lost their composure..especially when a bucket of iced water is poured over your head. On the downside..in Thailand over the Songran festival time hundreds and hundreds and hundreds die on the roads and thousands are injured. Those interested in more images of Songkran should visit my pbase site. at..
www.pbase.com/kenmac

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