FestivalsWater fights to water-spraying elephants and a dance music festival kicked off the three-day Buddhist new year.

Thailand’s Songkran off to a wet start

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Thailand’s Songkran kicked off on Saturday, attracting revellers locked in water fights to ravers at a dance music festival. Photo Credit: drpnncpp/Getty Images
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Bangkok's S2O Songkran festival, considered to be Asia’s largest, drew some of the world’s best known DJs from Tiesto to Steve Aoki and UK veteran Fatboy Slim. 

The start of Thailand’s Songkran on Saturday drew celebrations from water spraying-elephants to raves and boisterous, street-blocking water fights. 

The three-day Buddhist new year is marked by paying respect to elders and the sprinkling of water over figures of Buddha at local temples, but also has a rowdier side involving alcohol-fuelled revelry among its youth. 

Authorities have issued warnings on modesty, saying that nudity and provocative clothing will be prohibited. 

Bangkok’s tourist hotspot Khao San road attracted revellers engaging in water fights to Ayutthaya, where elephants painted in colourful floral designs spray water on tourists amidst a backdrop of the town’s ancient temples.

Ravers from across Asia also convened for a dance music festival under massive water cannons and spectacular pyrotechnics. 

Bangkok's S2O Songkran festival, considered to be Asia’s largest, drew some of the world’s best known DJs from Tiesto to Steve Aoki and UK veteran Fatboy Slim. 

Neighbours Laos and Myanmar also celebrate the same festival, with young and old throwing buckets of water over each other as music thuds from loudspeakers. 

The holiday has also proven to be one of the country’s most dangerous, as Thais make the often perilous journey back to their hometowns by bus, vans or motorbikes.

Authorities have also stepped up with harsher penalties to deter drink driving incidents. 


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