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Festivals play a big part in SE Asian life. Every season or Buddhist holiday heralds a new festival. Here are a few of them…
1) A young boy becoming a novice monk at Poi Sang Long Festival in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Getting the head shaved is the first step to becoming a novice monk.
2) Songkran New Year, also known as the Water Festival, celebrated with vigor in Luang Prabang, Laos
3) Songkran in Thailand involves massive drenching
4) The Rocket Festival is celebrated before planting season and features plenty of home made rockets to go with the festivities, held both in Thailand and in Laos
6) The entire town of Mae Hong Song celebrates Poi Sang Long, during which time the novice monks are not allowed to touch the ground for 3 days, and are carried throughout the town by their relatives and friends