Skip to main content
My City_My Life

New Year celebrations make a splash

  • Story Highlights
  • This week it's New Year in Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka and Nepal
  • According to the Bengali and Buddhist calendars, New Year falls in April
  • "Water-Splashing" festivals have marked the occasion in many countries
  • Next Article in Travel »
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

This week, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and parts of India are ushering in their New Year.


According to the traditional Bengali Calendar, a solar calendar used in West Bengal and Bangladesh, we have just begun the year 1416, while the Theravada Buddhist lunisolar calendar, used in Laos and Thailand has just entered the year 2552. In Cambodia it's now 2553, while it is 1371 in Myanmar.

There's been no shortage of color and spectacle to mark the occasion. In Nepal, revelers ended up covered in vermilion powder at the "Bisket Jatra" festival, while in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, traditional celebrations involved revelers getting more than a little damp during "water-splashing" festivals.

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print