In Thailand, Spring is the time to celebrate Songkran, the start of the new lunar year. Known as the water festival, Buddha images are ‘bathed’, monks and elders receive the respect of younger Thais by sprinkling of water over their hands to wash away bad luck. The afternoon is filled with a joyful celebration of parades and the splashing of water onto one another, not only splashing, but “drenching” others with water. People are armed with giant water pistols and there is great fun in getting everyone wet. it is the hot season and a time to cool off and have fun.