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Over Hundred people killed during Songkran festival in Thailand

Apr 14, 2015 18:50 IST

Songkran Festival, Thailand: Over Hundred people killed

Songkran Festival of Thailand was in news as on 13 April 2015 over 120 people were killed and 1281 were injured while celebrating the festival.

The accident occurred after Thais took trains, planes, cars and bikes to head home to their parents and families to celebrate the festival which started on 10 April 2015 evening.

Songkran festival is a traditional New Year Eve celebration of Thailand. It is also known as Thailand Water Festival.

It is originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha.

Bangkok and the northern town of Chiangmai are favourite destinations of foreigners who take part in the festival.

Life comes to a standstill in several countries in the region including Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia where the festival is celebrated. Instead of oil, talcum powder mixed in water is splashed at people.

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