Photographer's Note

Sabadee pi mai!

The Lao New Year is celebrated on April the 13th,14th and 15th. It is a rather unusual new year : here in Laos we are in 2551 ! These 3 days are public holidays and the festivities last at least a whole week. During this week, people do some sprucing up in their houses, temples are cleaned, some are even painted for the occasion! And the custom is simply to splash water on everyone! These three days are also the hottest of the year in Laos! So it's not so unpleasant to engage in giant water fights! Because that's what it is people ! Everyone, including the adults, joins the fun which also includes the throwing of flour! Everybody enjoys the fun here because everyone has a smile and is happy to celebrate the new year this way! In addition to the battles of water, we can attend ceremonies in temples to purify a Buddha (bringing luck).

Needless to say, one must be careful with the photo gear ! I had found refuge in a coffee shop behind a pillar and I set up the tele lens to take pictures without running the risk of showering the K10 ! I'll end this with a tip : find a remote corner for a little shooting time and then pack the gear and join the fun !

In the WS : with his mother...

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