• Short Summary

    Although the Thai Government officially adopted the western calendar in 1941, many Thais still celebrate the start of the traditional Buddhist New Year.

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    Although the Thai Government officially adopted the western calendar in 1941, many Thais still celebrate the start of the traditional Buddhist New Year.

    According to tradition the celebration involves the bathing of Buddha images and the pouring of water over the hands of parents and elderly relatives in return for their blessings.

    But the younger people find it more fun to completely douse one another with buckets of water, and in recent years the celebration has turned into a gigantic water fight.

    Another part of tradition deems that young boys make presents of bicycles to the young girls of their choice. The girls in return throw buckets of water on the boys.

    If a young woman is very fond of a particular young man she may add a little perfume to the water before dousing him with it.

    Towards the end of the celebration, hardly anything is exempt form a soaking. Cars, trucks, bicycles, people, animals -- anything that ventures out into the street is immediately attacked by hordes of youths armed with their buckets.

    This year in Laos, the celebration was the first under Communist rule and was on a lower key than usual.

    Visnews correspondent in Vietnam reported that Buddhist flags which usually adorned pagodas to mark the New Year were absent in most areas and only a few programmes of entertainment were organised.

    He also reported, however, that there were more than enough sports meetings over the three days of celebration.

    The more religious spent their time in prayers and other forms of dedication to Buddha. But the youths did find a way of getting themselves involved in a water brigade. They joined employees and guests of a hotel in making adequate use of the hotel swimming pool.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACEIXCU566BJ5JQFA09XW5AX9I
    Media URN:
    VLVACEIXCU566BJ5JQFA09XW5AX9I
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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