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Songkran 2013 in pictures

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During the Songkran period our Bangkok Post photographers have been out and about braving the man-made deluge to send back hundreds of high-quality photos of the festivities. Here are some of the most interesting. 

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During the Songkran period our Bangkok Post photographers have been out and about braving the man-made deluge to send back hundreds of high-quality photos of the festivities. The newspaper itself only has space to publish a small fraction of them, but our internet section has fewer limitations. I have published a large number of Songkran photos on our Bangkok Post learning Facebook page, but I thought it would also be nice to post a collection of photos right here on our webpage. Let’s get started.

The biggest concern throughout the holiday period is the safety of people on the roads. Thus, highway police are even busier than they normally are, taking on new duties to keep motorists alert. AMNAT THONGDEE

For impatient children, the travel time back to the provinces can be agonisingly slow. The “Are we there yet?” questions can begin before the train leaves the station. PATIPAT JANTHONG

The northern city of Chiang Mai is one of the first areas to begin serious water battles and the last to finish them. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Ayuthaya is not far behind and there heavy weaponry makes the battles even more exciting. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

Water-throwing may dominate the photos, but there are many traditional activities as well. Here, Buddhist devotees pour water on Phra Buddha Sihing, one of Chiang Mai's most revered statues. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Songkran activities can be long-lasting and it is a bit much for some participants. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Sweet-smelling powder is everywhere during Songkran and people who venture out usually end up with quite a bit on their faces and elsewhere. Some accept this willingly; others are a bit reluctant. Photos clockwise from top left by Apichit Jinakul, Amnart Thongdee, Pattarapong Chatpattarasil (2 photos.)

Nothing, it seems, can escape the white stuff. PATIPAT JANTHONG.

A good term to describe some Songkran revellers might be “target”. Something in the way they dress or the way they act clearly indicates they expect to be drenched by anyone in sight. Here is one “target” in Chiang Mai. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Here’s a group of targets. Attractive women in the back of a pickup truck will definitely get attention. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Meanwhile, back in Bangkok, a family joins the fun on Khao San road. THANARAK KHOONTON

The wettest, most crowded place in Bangkok during Songkran is probably Silom road. APICHIT JINAKUL.

If you look closely at this photo from the Silom area, you’ll see something was not quite right. Some young men were trying to sell beer. There’s a good chance they were arrested because that is not allowed. APICHIT JINAKUL.

Meanwhile, outside the main water throwing areas, Bangkok residents were rediscovering things they had almost forget existed. Road surfaces, for example. That is what a Bangkok road looks like in its natural state. Really. KOSOL NAKACHOL.

This photo might be entitled “Songkran cute”. PORNPROM SATRABHAYA.

More Songkran cute.

Songkran is fun, but everyday revellers leave a big mess. PATIPAT JANTHONG.

Fortunately, Bangkok has crews of super-cleaners – mainly women. PATIPAT JANTHONG.

Finally, it’s back to Bangkok for the many thousands who enjoyed the holiday at home in the provinces. This group of returnees has that "holiday is over" look on their faces. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

brave – to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ
deluge – a sudden flow of a large amount of water; a sudden, very heavy rainfall น้ำปริมาณมาก ฝนตกหนัก
festivities – the activities that are organised to celebrate a special event งานเทศกาล
fraction – a small part of something ส่วนน้อย, จำนวนเล็กน้อย 
limitation – a disadvantage or weak point that makes someone or something less effective ข้อจำกัด
concern – a worry ความกังวล
alert – able to think quickly; quick to notice things  ตื่นตัว, ตั้งท่า,  เตรียมพร้อม
impatient – wanting something to happen as soon as possible ใจร้อน
agonisingly – extremely in a very painful or frustrating way ซึ่งสร้างความเจ็บปวดทางใจและกายอย่างมาก
dominate – to be more noticeable than the other parts or aspects of something ครอบงำ, อยู่เหนือ
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time เป็นประเพณี,  ตามธรรมเนียม
devotee – a very religious person who belongs to a particular group; a person who admires and is very enthusiastic about somebody/something ผู้มีใจศรัทธา,ผู้อุทิศตัวกับ,ผู้หมกมุ่นใน
revered – highly respected and admired ซึ่งแสดงความเคารพนับถือ
venture out – to go somewhere ออกไปข้างนอก
willing – to be happy to do something if it is needed ซึ่งสมัครใจ
reluctant - not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it ไม่เต็มใจ
reveller – someone who enjoys themselves at a party or celebration   คนที่ชอบงานฉลอง ความสนุกสนานและงานรื่นเริง
target – a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
drenched – extremely wet all over เปียกโชก
attractive – pleasant to look at มีเสน่ห์ดึงดูด
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
surface – the outside or top layer of something  ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
state – condition สภาพ
crew – a group of people who work together to do a job กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน

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