Asian water festivals mark new year

Revelers across South East Asia have seen in the new year with a series of water festivals. Merry-makers in Burma, Thailand, and other countries across the region engaged in water-fights as well as more somber religious ceremonies, as they marked the turn of the year.
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Burmese celebrate the first day of their New Year water festival called Thingyan in Yangon, Myanmar April 13, 2014. Water-throwing is the distinguishing feature of this important festival during the first four days. Thingyan is similar to other New Year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. (Getty Images)
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Burmese celebrate the first day of their New Year water festival called Thingyan in Yangon, Myanmar April 13, 2014. Water-throwing is the distinguishing feature of this important festival during the first four days. Thingyan is similar to other New Year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. (Getty Images)
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Burmese celebrate the first day of their New Year water festival called Thingyan in Yangon, Myanmar April 13, 2014. Water-throwing is the distinguishing feature of this important festival during the first four days. Thingyan is similar to other New Year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. (Getty Images)
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Young Thai women gather on the steps of a temple after a parade during Songkran on April 13, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Songkran is the traditional New Year's festival in Thailand and is celebrated by prayer, making offerings to monks, and throwing water on others. (Getty Images)
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A group of Thai people pass buckets of water from the moat to their truck after they ran out of ammunition during Songkran's city-wide water fight on April 13, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Songkran is the traditional New Year's festival in Thailand and is celebrated by prayer, making offerings to monks, and throwing water on others. (Getty Images)
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A Thai woman takes a break from a city-wide water fight during Songkran on April 13, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Songkran is the traditional New Year's festival in Thailand and is celebrated by prayer, making offerings to monks, and throwing water on others. (Getty Images)
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People take part in water battles as they celebrate Songkran, the water festival which marks Thailand's New Year in Bangkok on April 13, 2014. New Year is celebrated on April 13 in the four south-eastern Asian nations of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hindu devotees carry earthen pots containing coconuts and water as they take part in a 'Kalash Yatra' religious procession in Amritsar on April 13, 2014. Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, is a festival celebrated across the northern Indian subcontinent and celebrated by Hindus for different reasons including the start of a new year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Elephants splash foreign tourists (R) in the back of a truck with water as they take part in water battles ahead of the Songkran Festival for the Thai New Year in Ayutthaya province on April 9, 2014. Songkran is the Thai New Year, which this year starts on April 13, when people celebrate in various ways, including splashing water at each other. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Thai man splashes water on motorist during celebrations of Songkran, the water festival marking the country's New Year in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 12, 2014. Songkran is the Thai New Year, which this year starts on April 13, when people celebrate in various ways, including splashing water at each other. (AFP/Getty Images)