Songkran 2018: Gearing up for Thai New Year ‘Holi-like’ festival with water-splashinghttps://indianexpress.com/photos/lifestyle-gallery/songkran-2018-thailand-new-year-5134241/

Songkran 2018: Gearing up for Thai New Year ‘Holi-like’ festival with water-splashing

Songkran, that is the Buddhist new year that will start on April 13, this year. On this day, people offer prayers and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, as they believe this ritual will accrue good karma.

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Revellers in Thailand gear up for their new year celebrations also known as Songkran that will start on April 13, this year. This three-day festival marks the beginning of the Buddhist new year, and is also one of the biggest water splashing festivals in the world. On this day, people offer prayers and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, as they believe this ritual will accrue good karma. Ahead of the new year, tourists and localities indulge in the celebration by splashing water on elephants in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. (Source: Reuters)

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Elephants spray people with water during Songkran Water Festival celebrations to commemorate Thailand's New Year in Ayutthaya. (Source: AP)

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The new year will begin on April 13, this year. A tourist splashes water against an elephant ahead of the festival. (Source: PTI)

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Mahouts paint an elephant for Songkran, for the Thai New Year celebration. The three-day festival will start on April 13. (Source: AP)

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Tourists splash water on the elephants that are decorated for the new year festival. (Source: Reuters)

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The celebration was taking place in the Ayutthaya province in central Thailand. Many compare Songkran to Holi in India, since both involve a lot of water splashing.(Source: Reuters)

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Painted elephants are seen walking the street during the celebration of Songkran Water Festival. (Source: Reuters)

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With the help of a mahout, elephants blow water from its trunk on a small kid at Songkran celebration in Ayutthaya province. (Source: AP)