This very traditional festival is a period for making merit and merriment. The festival in Laos, Thailand, China (Yunnan) and Burma is known by many travellers as a water festival but it goes much deeper than that. It is the period when the faithful show formal respect to elders, their departed family members, employers, monks and each other. The traditional washing is an ablution of pouring water on the hands of those they wish to respect and a little water on the neck . Images of the Buddha...

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