Nature’s water cannons being exactly that are regular sights at Songkran, the world’s largest water fight. Painted in vibrant colours and awe-inspiring patterns, these elephants sure do look the part. And they need to.
The annual event running from April 11-17 celebrates the Buddhist New Year and symbolizes the cleansing of misfortunes from the previous year and ensuring enough water for the new season’s crops.
While Thailand’s festival might seem ironic to some at first glance, participation proves it is anything but. It’s all out watery-warfare and the streets become the battlefield with thousands of people spilling into the streets with water guns and buckets of dew drops. Where else in the world will you see mounted elephants misbehaving and having fun?