Thai Buddhists celebrated their New Year last weekend (15-16 April) with traditional parades and dances in Bangkok and other parts of the country.
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GV & SV People in streets (2 shots)
LV & SV People watering shrine (2 shots)
SV People lighting joss-sticks
SV Girl releases small birds
GV Crowd in street
LV Fireboat squirting water
SV & GV Young girls march in parade through streets (5 shots)
GTV Festival Queen on float
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Background: Thai Buddhists celebrated their New Year last weekend (15-16 April) with traditional parades and dances in Bangkok and other parts of the country.
The emphasis was, as usual, on water. Thailand's eligible bachelors demonstrate their affection for young girls by drenching them with water from toy pistols or plastic bags.
The most important part of the observations is prayer. Shrines are decorated with flowers and joss-sticks while devotees pour lustral water over statues of Buddha.
On Sunday, during the last hours of the New Year observations, residents of the Thai capital crowded the streets for a big parade. One of the big attractions are the girls who march to the city's main temple. They also release small birds from cages to show their love for animals.
The procession's highlight was the Festival Queen who rode a special float as young girls walked alongside.