Water Festival celebrated in Thailand

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Added On April 16, 2019

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People across Thailand are celebrating Songkran Festival, also known as "Water Festival," one of the most important festivals of the year.
 
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The festival, which is being held from April 13 to 15 this year, takes place during Thailand's traditional New Year celebrations.
 
Each year, locals and international travelers go out onto the streets to shoot each other with water pistols and enjoy the festive scene.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): SIMON, New Zealand Tourist
(responding?to reporter's question "how do you feel") “Awesome !!!” (then?began shooting others/being shot)
 
SOUNDBITE(THAI) KHUN TON, Thai Reveler
“I want tourists to enjoy Thai Songkran?Water Festival so they can better understand our Thai culture.”
 
Traditionally, Songkran?Water Festival is a religious event that consists of two key elements: paying tribute to one's elders and holding special ceremonies in local temples.
 
Young Thai people prepare rose and jasmine scented water and use it to wash their parents’ hands and feet. Afterwards, they receive blessings from their parents.
 
SOUNDBITE (THAI): SOM, Local
“I would like to express my gratitude to my mother who gave birth to me, gave me food and shelter and a good healthy life.”
 
Security measures were especially tight this year, as revelers were required to have their bodies scanned and bags checked before being allowed into designated water splashing areas. 
 
Similar water festivals are also celebrated in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.