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Thais dressed in Lanna (northern) traditional costumes douse each other with water to celebrate Songkran in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand on April 12.
During the annual Songkran water festival, large groups of people splash water and throw powder at each other's faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year. The festival marks the traditional New Year in countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
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A Thai boy uses a water pistol to splash water on a foreign tourist to celebrate Songkran, also known as water festival in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 April 2011. The three-day Songkran festival is celebrated in Thai traditional as New Year's day with spraying water and putting powder on each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year.
The authorities in Myanmar warned last week that revelers wearing "decadent" clothing to the festivities could face up to a month in prison, but that was not enough to put off at least one Burmese punk, below.
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A teenager dressed as a punk takes part in the water festival at the Bogyoke Aung San Market Yangon, Myanmar on April 12.