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   Undertoad  Saturday Apr 17 12:47 PM

4/17/2004: Songkran festival

Thai people put powder on the face of a police officer on a street in Prachinburi Province, east of Bangkok, Thailand, on April 13 to celebrate the Songkran festival, Thai New Year.

Yeah, I don't get it either, but apparently the Songkran festival is simply massive. It's the Thai new year, lasts for several days. When I googled around I found that the festival is all about water, not powder; the last day is water-splashing time, and you can't go outside without getting hit with water, splashed, squirted, etc.

Apparently people are learning to put their cellphones in condoms during the festivies, so they don't break when they get wet.

More Songkran. mostly from here:

wolf  Saturday Apr 17 01:01 PM

That last bunch look like they've had quite enough of the celebration ... just waiting for it to be over.

Elspode  Saturday Apr 17 01:32 PM

So, the Thai New Year is essentially a giant squirt gun fight?


YellowBolt  Saturday Apr 17 02:01 PM

Is that a monkey I see with a hose? Cool!

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 17 02:09 PM

It looks more like milk (or something) than water. Must be the mixture of the water and powder.
I'm surprised the cops sleeve patch is in English.

blue58  Saturday Apr 17 04:47 PM

This thing looks like a blast! Wish I was there.

Check out the chick in the lower left of the last picture...some people just know how to look NAUGHTY!

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 17 07:08 PM

She looks pissed off, to me.

onetrack  Sunday Apr 18 09:20 PM

So what? .. I could join a bunch of street rioting, anti-WTO anarchists and associated greenie lesbians, and get hosed down by truck mounted water cannon .. and get twice as much fun!!

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