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SE Asian nations celebrate New Year water festival

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04-13-2016 05:42 BJT

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, right, sprinkles water on a performer during a ceremony to mark Myanmar

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, right, sprinkles water on a performer during a ceremony to mark Myanmar's water festival at the Presidential Palace Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar began celebrating its annual days-long water festival, known as Thingyan, on Tuesday, marking the new year according to the traditional Burmese calendar.

A man sprays water on an elephant with a toy gun during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year

A man sprays water on an elephant with a toy gun during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's day which will start on April 13. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

 Elephants spray water on tourists during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year

Elephants spray water on tourists during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's day which will start on April 13. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Children splash water on elephants during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year

Children splash water on elephants during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's day which will start on April 13. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Elephants spray water on tourists during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year

Elephants spray water on tourists during the celebration of the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's day which will start on April 13. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

 Workers paint on an elephant during the celebration for the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year

Workers paint on an elephant during the celebration for the upcoming Songkran festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, April 11, 2016. Songkran, also known as the water festival, is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's day which will start on April 13. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

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