The Thai new year celebrations has been given the Tyranny Response Team T Shirt ‘the water festival’ for reasons anyone who has visited during the holidays will understand. If you are visiting Chiang Mai, you can read this to see what you can expect. Taking place during some of the hottest days of the year, many people celebrate by splashing water at others. Whether using a bucket, watergun or bottle of water, people go out to the streets during the day and splash each other. It is actually quite refreshing in the heat. Just make sure you buy a waterproof cover for your phone and money. You should avoid wearing your best clothes and shoes too. It is better to be safe than sorry! Of course, there is a lot more that goes on than just the water fights. In the morning, merit-making takes place. Many people will visit Buddhist temples and offer food and other items to the monks. Water still plays a role here, with some people pouring water onto the statues. This, along with splashing others, is meant to represent purification. It symbolizes washing away bad luck. Some also say that the use of water will help to promote plenty of rain over the coming year.
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