Thailand begins celebrating its New Year April 13 with the Songkran festival, which lasts three days. Throughout the nation, streets are closed down for the water festival as revelers—and elephants—engage in massive water fights. The 2016 celebration was clouded by severe drought, the country’s worst in several decades. 

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Thailand begins celebrating its New Year April 13 with the Songkran festival, which lasts three days. Throughout the nation, streets are closed down for the water festival as revelers—and elephants—engage in massive water fights. The 2016 celebration was clouded by severe drought, the country’s worst in several decades. 
Photograph by Rachen Sageamsak Xinhua, eyevin/Redux

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