Women shoot water guns during Thailand street water fight

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Soggy New Year celebrations

Young women laugh and shoot water guns during a community water fight on April 14 as part of the Songkran water festival in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Songkran festival marks Thailand's traditional New Year, which is celebrated each year from April 13 to 15. The throwing of water, a spiritual symbol of cleansing and purification, originated as a way to pay respect to elders and one's family.

In recent years, there has been a larger emphasis on the recreational water fights organized in honor of the holiday. Because the festival falls on Thailand's hottest month of the year, water throwing is an excellent way to cool off.

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People participate with water guns and fire hoses for a Thailand street water fight

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Thai firetrucks soak the crowd with their fire hoses on April 14 during a Songkran water fight on Silom Road in Bangkok.
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Men battle each other with water guns during a street water fight

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A tourist battles with a pair of massive water guns on April 14 during a Songkran water fight in Bangkok.
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Young boys fill up their water guns from a fire hose

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Young Thai boys refill their squirt guns from a firefighter's hose on April 14 during the Songkran water festival in Bangkok.
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People are sprayed with water hoses

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Firefighters soak the crowd with powerful firehoses during a Songkran water fight on April 14 in Bangkok.
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