For Thais the new year begins on April 13. On this day the sun changes its position in the zodiac. The New Year festival is known as "Songkran" which means "move" in Thai. During this three-day celebration families and friends gather to visit temples, sprinkle water on the images of Buddha and sprinkle water on each other's hands to wish one another good luck. (Songkran is often referred to as the Water Festival.) In recent years the tradition of sprinkling water has evolved into a great excuse for a water fight. During the festival it is not uncommon to have buckets and containers of water thrown at you as you walk down the street - particularly in major tourist areas. Small children take particular delight in equipping themselves with water guns and spraying anyone who comes in their path so be sure to leave behind cameras and anything else likely to suffer water damage as you enjoy the festivities.
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