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Water Splashing Festival Soaks Asia for New Year

Image: Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna
Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province on April 15. CHINA DAILY / Reuters

Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Yunnan province, China on Tuesday. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai minority calendar.

Image: Tourists and Thai residents take part in a city-wide water fight during the Songkran water festival
Tourists and Thai residents take part in a city-wide water fight during the Songkran water festival on April 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The festival marks the traditional Thai New Year and is celebrated by the throwing of water, a traditional sign of respect and well wishing. Taylor Weidman / Getty Images