Vietnam Photographer Aaron Joel Santos | Editorial, Documentary, and Travel Photographs | Vietnam | Thailand | Laos | Cambodia | Southeast Asia: Songkran | Thai New Year: Thailand-Songkran-Photography-14

A young woman takes a wet and dusty break during Songkran, the Thai New Year, in Bangkok, Thailand. Traditionally, the festivities are rooted in the zodiac calendar, when the sun enters the sign of Aries. Songkran is a time of cleansing and renewal. Hence the water. But what was once a means of washing Buddha statues and the hands of elders has now turned into a nationwide water fight.

A young woman takes a wet and dusty break during Songkran, the Thai New Year, in Bangkok, Thailand. Traditionally, the festivities are rooted in the zodiac calendar, when the sun enters the sign of Aries. Songkran is a time of cleansing and renewal. Hence the water. But what was once a means of washing Buddha statues and the hands of elders has now turned into a nationwide water fight.