Photographer's Note

"Thingyan" or Water Festival in Burma takes place each year around mid April towards to the end of the country’s hottest period with activities such as praying for peace in pagodas, bathing rituals for Buddha and then gathering in the streets, splashing water on passerby in wide-ranging water fights!! The throwing of water has traditionally been a sign of respect, represents purification and well-wishing, as revelers hope to wash away bad luck and sins Interesting that various forms & means are used ensuring that everybody gets wet; big tubes from running tap, water pistols, plastic buckets and pots of various sizes, etc..

I was lucky enough to have experienced, perhaps the most vibrant and festive atmosphere first hand in Mandalay and Pagan. I'd read about it before hand and fully prepared the drenching I got with all my photo equipment and camera bag were safely wrapped in water proof plastic bag behind my back. The following grabs were taken fully protected from the splash.

This was captured in Mandalay at 43rd Street on a late afternoon. as can be seen, children are most active here but their body language and 'interaction' just look great It's hell of fun....

Setting: 105 mm, 1/250 sec F5, ISO Raw 500, 1743 hrs

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: Powerful water being poured on a slow moving van

Workshop2: Passing motorists could not escape the fun getting totally soaked from the forceful splashes of these highly charged kids

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