Happy New Year! Songkran, the celebration of the Thai New Year, takes place from April 13th to 15th, and it involves a lot of water. Since Thais operate on the Buddhist Calendar, this past week marked the beginning of the year 2560. Everyone takes part in water fights, and it's impossible to leave home without getting soaked.

Songkran is rooted in Buddhism, and many people will return home to spend time with family since this is the longest Thai holiday of the year. April is the one of the hottest months here, and the huge water fights offer a reprieve from the heat. Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, is best known for Songkran celebrations. People gather along the outside of the old city and use the moat as a source of ammo. Armed with a squirt gun and a protective case for my camera, I set out to get soaked and take photographs.