Thingyan Festival, which lasts for four days in April, marks the end of the hot, dry season and the imminent arrival of the New Year in Burma. Traditionally, Burmese celebrate this holiday on the streets with the fun water fights, uniting children and adults.
The mass water spectacle is intended to wash away all the bad luck and bad deeds and sins of the past year. The major events of the Water Festival occur on the main pedestrian streets of Myanmar's cities. The sidewalks are occupied with special bamboo platforms, from which the "enthusiasts" of Thingyan pour water on passers by. Roads also become the arena of water "battles." Powerful jets of water guns and buckets rain down on the people from trucks, SUVs, and cars. Everyone is fair game except for the elderly and clerics.
With the advent of the Burmese New Year the water "orgy" is terminated. On this day people show mercy by releasing fish and birds into the wild, as well as treating the monks with a lavish feast. Such celebrations can be also seen in neighbouring Myanmar Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.