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iReport: Wet and wild Songkran memories
We asked CNNGo readers for their best shots of the Thai new year madness. Here are some of the highlights
In 2010, the Thai new year celebrations were overshadowed by political instability and protests, and many traditional events were cancelled. So this year's Songkran holiday was particularly festive.
Starting on April 12, the entire kingdom engaged in a nationwide water fight that went on for several days -- in some cities even longer -- as folk piled into the back of pick-up trucks and gathered on roadsides to splash, drink, dance and smear powder on each other's faces.
In addition to the water fights there were plenty of parties, parades and traditional Thai celebrations.
It's a risky business taking your camera out on the streets during Songkran, but nevertheless we asked our brave CNNGo readers to send us their own Songkran photos and stories. Here are some of the highlights.
Patong Beach, Phuket
"In Patong, the Songkran festival is celebrated with huge enthusiasm," says Dutch programmer Hans van de Peppel, who spent the Thai new year holiday in Phuket.
"Small children delight in equipping themselves with water guns and spraying anyone who comes in their path -- no one is exempt!"
Judging by his photos, kids aren't the only ones who want to get in on the action.
Click to page 2 for images of Songkran celebrations in Bangkok.
Songkran celebrations in Bangkok
"The New Year in Bangkok is more than festive. It's a job trying to keep dry," says Marie Sager, of the United States.
"Since it's always so hot here, you actually welcome the squirt guns, the water hose and yes even a bucket of water thrown your way. No street is safe, it's everywhere and so much fun as well."
Here are some of Marie's iReport photos of the water fights in Bangkok.
Click to page 3 for photos of Songkran in Chiang Mai.
Songkran celebrations in Chiang Mai
"Songkran in Chiang Mai was an utterly chaotic mix of people -- Thais, foreigners, elders, and children alike -- united in good-spirited, sopping wet mayhem," says Canadian blogger Graham North, currently on a tour of Asia and Africa.
"The Old City's famous moat served up infinite ammunition to help everyone in Chiang Mai come together to ring in a truly unforgettable and laughter-filled New Year."
These photos and stories were submitted as part of CNNGo’s iReport section. To find out what other stories we are looking for, go to our iReport page.