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Thailand celebrates with world's biggest water fight despite drought

Updated 1:41 AM ET, Thu April 14, 2016
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Revelers take to the streets in Bangkok for a water fight on April 13, 2016, the first day of the Songkran festival that marks the traditional Thai New Year. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
People drench each other in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 13. MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP/Getty Images
Locals splash water on road travelers in Narathiwat to kick off the three-day Songkran festival. On the first day, many families and friends celebrate by visiting temples and pouring water on each others' hands as a blessing. MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP/Getty Images
Thais and tourists alike engage in the massive water fight despite the drought gripping parts of Southeast Asia. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Thai authorities have warned against "indecent" exposure during the festival. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Songkran isn't just about splashing, and the merrymaking doesn't only happen in Thailand. Three female Asian elephants -- including Tukta (pictured) -- are painted to recognize the New Year in Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images