The date of the holiday varies in different countries, but it typically begins on the 13th or 14th on April and lasts for three days. During this period, New Year celebrations are held in Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Maldives.
The New Year festival is typically celebrated in a big way in these countries. In Thailand, it is customary to throw water over each other. This ritual symbolizes washing all the bad away and starting the new year with a clean slate. Sometimes water is filled with fragrant herbs.
In Laos, perfumed water is also used to soak people and passers-by. Over the years, the tradition of throwing flour on each other has also developed. Other holiday traditions include singing, dancing, decorating Buddha images with flowers, and setting animals free.
In Myanmar, the New Year festival is called Thingyan. During the holiday, the government relaxes the restrictions on public gatherings. In Sri Lanka, this holiday is known as Sinhalese New Year, but it is celebrated by not only the Sinhalese people but by most Sri Lankans throughout the country. In Cambodia, people prepare special dishes and play traditional games on the occasion.Remind me with Google Calendar
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