Trending: Water Festivals around the World

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Traveling allows us to have experiences that open our minds to a new world, culture and way of life.  Regardless of where we travel to all cultures have one thing in common: the usage of water.  No human being or living creature can live without it.

Water is the most essential element to life on Earth.  It pretty much makes up almost everything you come in contact with throughout the day.  So why not celebrate this form of life?  Get a peek at these water festivals around the world and a few over here in America.  And if the travel bug is biting at your ass it’s definitely considered to be a sign to book that trip to Thailand that you’ve always wanted to go to.

By the way, I’m a great travel buddy….*hint hint*

Songkran Festival

Songkran is the Thai New Year that takes place in mid-April and coincidentally during the hottest time of the year.  Can there seriously be a better time for a massive water fight?  The nationwide holiday is celebrated by splashing water on citizens as an act of good will.   Various ceremonies, water fights, concerts and other festivities go on as well.

Dai Water Splashing Festival

 Take a three day trip to China where the Dai ethnic minority of China celebrates the Dai Water Splashing Festival.  Similar to the Songkran Festival, it involves three days of festivities that include New Year shopping at outdoor markets, religious rituals to ward off bad spirits, and the famous water-splashing ritual at the local Buddhist temple where everyone dresses up in their finest clothes.

New York City Water Fight

If you can’t swing a plane ticket to Thailand or China, stick to a local water fight like the one in NYC on the Great Lawn in Central Park.  Hosted by nyc4nerds.com, it became known as the biggest water fight in New York.  Rules are simple: bring water guns and balloons and fire away!

Check out the rest of these water festivals on the Huffington Post.

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