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New Year’s celebrations, South-East Asia

April - New Year’s celebrations in Laos (Buddhist New Year), in Cambodia (Bon Chaul Chhnam) and in Myanmar (Thingyan Water festival)!

Myanmar's first public New Year countdown

Locals get sprayed with water while celebrating Thingyan, Myanmar's new year water festival, in central Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS

The act of pouring water (pictured during Songkran April 13-15) as a show of blessings and good wishes is the New Year’s celebrations in some Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia) - www.backyardtrave...

@ Jennifer Anderson. 2009 Lao New Year (Songkran) Celebration Pageant Court at Wat Thammarattanaram Buddhist Temple in Broussard, Louisiana. Look through the album and see a Golden Buddah on parade.

Buddhists in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos celebrate the Buddhist New Year. In Northern Thailand, they launch lanterns as a way to release their sins for the entire year.

A foreign tourist shoots water at a man to celebrate the water festival which marks the country's new year in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on April 13, 2012. The Laos new year, similar to Thailand's Songkran Festival which occurs at the hottest time of the year, is marked in a number of South and Southeast Asian nations and starts this year on April 13

Myanmar New Year Water Festival

Myanmar (Burma), Sagaing Region, Lahe village, Naga New Year Festival, Naga man, Taungkul tribe wearing traditional headdress | © Jon Arnold Images

(water festival) thingyan festival in burma

Myanmar Girls Dancing in Thingyan, Water festival

Thingyan - Water Festival

"The Peacock Dance: The Peacock Dance is traditionally performed by the people of Pailin Province during Khmer New Year." [Cambodia] -- Photo by Tracey Shelton.

Giant water fight in Thailand to celebrate the Buddhist New Year!

Sawadee Pii May - Thai New Year. Buddhist New Year is this is on April 13. This date gives rise to important celebrations that will last from April 13 to 16, according to the cities. This is one of the most important holidays in Thailand since the beginning of the year according to the lunar calendar. Thais splash water Buddhas with veneration but also family and friends, the belief that water away bad luck and purifies.

Fellow temple goers wash the Buddha statue with holy water for good luck & blessings at a Lao temple during Lao New Year.

Thai Dancer...Lao/Thai New Year Mid April

Pi Mai Lao in April - Lao New Year where you are guaranteed to get wet!

Laos, Prabang - PiMai Celebration ©MichelGotin

Luang Prabang, Pimaï Festival


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