Buddhist New Year Celebration
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Note: These pictures were taken with a
waterproof disposable camera. I would have been a fool to venture out into
this with my digital camera.
It's two days before the official beginning of The
New Year's SongKran Water Festival.
Water guns, buckets and back pack water supplies are for sale everywhere.
Everyone in the whole town joins into the fun.
Traffic is backed up all
along the main roads adjacent to the klongs and water is retrieved from the klongs behind them. These moats surround the
Ancient City of Chiang Mai.
Here's a closer look at locals retrieving water from the Klongs that run along side the Ancient City of
They claim they change the water before the festival to be sure
Mister with the camera....Don't mess with US! Grrrrr!
about a truce for a picture?
Notice the ammunition water pack on the girl in
the upper left of the photo.
Water guns are attached by plastic tubing.
streets are soaked and so are most of the people.
How much do you think that
umbrella is helping the woman on the left?
matter, the Thais always have a smile. Clean family fun!
Nuts out here! Everyone joins in. There is no protection, no escape!
way to escape the heat and bring on the rainy season.
finds protection but who's watching MY back?!!!
were watching and waiting for me to turn around. Gotcha!
Sometimes there are
LARGE ice blocks in the barrels of water. Makes for an icy splatter!
Farangs get involved, loading up their water guns from 'loading stations.'
There's that huge ice chunk in the bottom right hand bucket we mentioned
Lucky Bar's finest. Thais and Falangs dancin' and carrying on.
gyrate to the pounding beat from huge stereo speakers. These teams switch
every 10 minutes or so.
Royal Thai Army also get into the festivities.
They make sure no one is hurt
and things don't get too far out of hand. Respect and fun put together!
the size of her "gun". She's ready to shoot!
around in the soap suds, buckets full and ankle deep!
amid the bubbles!
cleaner fun could there be?
are jammed packed with traffic of every sort.
The suds machine and the
dancing girls are on the right, shops are on the left.
days this goes on. Nothing and no one stays dry!
the kids in the back, Dad's driving the truck. Another big ice chunk in the
blue barrel. It's Family Fun!
Happy New Year!!!!!
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