Happy New Year again

13 Apr
Happy Wet New Year

Happy Wet New Year

I know, I sent you New Year greetings from Phnom Penh (the Western New Year), I sent you good luck wishes again for the Vietnamese New Year (end January) and once more it is time to wish you a superb New Year – the Thai New Year this time (and Khmer and Lao new year).

And of course New Year calls for celebration! The Thai start the new year ceremonially washing their buddha statues (from their home shrines) in the home temple. But at the same time, tradition wants that that the people also ‘wash’ each other which ends up in big water fights all over the city(more fun than the turmoil on the Bangkok streets) – for the 3 days of the New Year. Families drive the children around town on the back of a pick-up truck, armed with big containers of water, water pistols, buckets etc. The streets are lined with people (tourist joining in big time) that throw water and powder on passers-by. We had all mobiles phones, wallets etc wrapped up in plastic bags – splashing out!

  • So Happy Wet New Year!
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One Response to “Happy New Year again”

  1. Finn 16 April 2009 at 23:12 #

    Hey Tony,
    just wanted to say that I love reading your “letters”, sounds very exotic from western ordinary Brussels!! Enjoy discovering that part of the world, I dream of following in your footsteps!
    All the best,
    Finn

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