Songkran in a Thai Temple

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Songkran is not all about water fights out on the streets. There is a more traditional side of the new year festival that is celebrated inside temples. This involves the bathing of Buddha images and monks with scented water. Unlike the waterfights among teenagers who use big guns and buckets, in temples a small bowl is used to gently pour water onto the hands of the monks. Well, at least that is the way it starts. Temples often have many novice monks during the summer holidays and the ceremony quickly turns into one big water splash. After all, Songkran takes place during the hottest month of the year.

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