Water-splashing scrapped for Songkran festival amid drought

The China Post
Date: April 13, 2015

TAIPEI–The annual Songkran water festival was held Sunday as usual in New Taipei City but the organizers decided to forego the customary water splashing activities this year in favor of a foot-washing ritual, as Taiwan remained in the grip of its worst drought in decades.

The ceremonial part of the Asian festival took the form a recital of Buddhist sutras and a washing of feet, while the entertainment aspects included Thai and Myanmar cultural performances.

The annual Songkran festival is usually hosted by New Taipei City, which has a new immigrant population of about 90,000, most of whom are from Southeast Asian countries and now live in the city’s Nanshijiao area.     [FULL  STORY]

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