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In Thailand and Myanmar, Revelers Splash Their Way Into the New Year

Water guns, foam and powder help wash away last year's sins at Thailand's Songkran and Myanmar's Thingyan water festivals.

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Revelers participate in a water fight at Songkran festival celebrations in Bangkok on April 13, 2017. During Thailand's most important holiday and one of its biggest tourist attractions, Thais and tourists alike take part in boisterous street water fights armed with water pistols and buckets.

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Revelers swim in a pool in Yangon, Myanmar on April 14. 

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Revelers participate in a water fight in Bangkok on April 14.

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A girl aims a water pistol at the camera in Bangkok on April 13. The Songkran festival is often referred to as the world's biggest water fight.

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Revelers dance during a foam party in Bangkok on April 14.

 

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A boy rubs powder on a soldier's face in the restive southern Thai province of Narathiwat on April 13.

Songkran is celebrated by splashing water and putting powder on faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the past year's sins.

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Revelers hose down the crowd in Yangon on April 14.

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Policemen watch as a woman is sprayed with water in Bangkok on April 13.

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A woman laughs as she gets soaked in water in Bangkok on April 14.

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An elephant sprays tourists with water in Ayutthaya province, Thailand on April 11.

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Thai and foreign revelers battle with water guns on Khaosan Road, a tourist spot in Bangkok on April 12.

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Revelers dance to music as they are sprayed with water in Yangon on April 14. 

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A reveler holds up a child in Yangon on April 14. 

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Children are ferried on the back of a tricycle after being soaked with water in Yangon on April 14. 

PHOTOS: Myanmar Punks Celebrate Eve of Thingyan Water Festival

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