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Southeast Asian Countries Celebrate New Year Water Festival

Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia are celebrating the water festival to mark the New Year according to the traditional lunar calendar.
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People play with water as they celebrate Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon, April 12, 2016.
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People play with water as they celebrate Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon, April 12, 2016.

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, center, sprinkles water to a performer during a ceremony to mark the country's annual water festival at Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, April 12, 2016.
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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, center, sprinkles water to a performer during a ceremony to mark the country's annual water festival at Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, April 12, 2016.

Performers take part in a traditional dance during a ceremony to mark the Myanmar water festival at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, April 12, 2016.
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Performers take part in a traditional dance during a ceremony to mark the Myanmar water festival at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, April 12, 2016.

A boy and an elephant splash each other with water during the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, April 11, 2016.
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A boy and an elephant splash each other with water during the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, April 11, 2016.

Mahouts paint an elephant ahead of the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, April 11, 2016.
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Mahouts paint an elephant ahead of the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, April 11, 2016.

A schoolgirl is soaked with water thrown by an elephant in a preview of the upcoming Songkran Festival celebration, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival in the ancient world heritage city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, 11 April 2016.
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A schoolgirl is soaked with water thrown by an elephant in a preview of the upcoming Songkran Festival celebration, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival in the ancient world heritage city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, 11 April 2016.

Thai vendors stand near water pistols as they wait for customers in Bangkok, Thailand, April 10, 2016.
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Thai vendors stand near water pistols as they wait for customers in Bangkok, Thailand, April 10, 2016.

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