Water Sprinkling Festival

The water-sprinkling festival, which is also the New Year festival of the Dai ethnic group in China. The festival is also celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar etc. People sprinkle water to each other to pray for good fortune and safety during the festival.

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People celebrate the Water-Sprinkling Festival in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 15, 2015. The water-sprinkling festival, which is also the New Year festival of the Dai people, is a traditional folk activity celebrated by people of Dai ethnic group in China and also by people in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar etc.. People sprinkle water to each other to pray for good fortune and safety during the festival.(Xinhua/Hao Yaxin)
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(150412) -- DEHONG, April 12, 2015 (Xinhua) -- People celebrate the water-sprinkling festival in Mangshi City of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 12, 2015. The annual water-sprinkling festival kicked off here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)
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(150412) -- DEHONG, April 12, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Local residents perform at the opening ceremony of the water-sprinkling festival in Mangshi City of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 12, 2015. The annual water-sprinkling festival kicked off here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)
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Tourists and locals exchange water pistol fire during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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(150412) -- DEHONG, April 12, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Local residents perform at the opening ceremony of the water-sprinkling festival in Mangshi City of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 12, 2015. The annual water-sprinkling festival kicked off here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)(wjq)
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(150412) -- DEHONG, April 12, 2015 (Xinhua) -- People celebrate the water-sprinkling festival in Mangshi City of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 12, 2015. The annual water-sprinkling festival kicked off here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)(wjq)
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(150412) -- DEHONG, April 12, 2015 (Xinhua) -- People celebrate the water-sprinkling festival in Mangshi City of Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 12, 2015. The annual water-sprinkling festival kicked off here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)(wjq)
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People celebrate the Water-Sprinkling Festival in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 15, 2015. The water-sprinkling festival, which is also the New Year festival of the Dai people, is a traditional folk activity celebrated by people of Dai ethnic group in China and also by people in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar etc.. People sprinkle water to each other to pray for good fortune and safety during the festival. (Xinhua/Li Yunsheng)
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Students celebrate the Water-Sprinkling Festival at Liuzhou Teachers College in Liuzhou, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, April 14, 2015. The water-sprinkling festival, which is also the New Year festival of the Dai people, is a traditional folk activity celebrated by people of Dai ethnic group in China and also by people in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar etc.. People sprinkle water to each other to pray for good fortune and safety during the festival. (Xinhua/Qin Gang)
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A tourist tries to escape as water is fired at him during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into three days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Tourists are showered in water during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Locals throw water at pedestrians during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Motorcyclists are showered with water during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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People celebrate the Water-Sprinkling Festival in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 15, 2015. The water-sprinkling festival, which is also the New Year festival of the Dai people, is a traditional folk activity celebrated by people of Dai ethnic group in China and also by people in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar etc.. People sprinkle water to each other to pray for good fortune and safety during the festival. (Xinhua/Zhang Wei)
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A tourist is showered in water by locals during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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A tourist is showered in water by locals during the Songkran festival to celebrate the Thai New Year on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Monday, April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival, was originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)