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Beach volleyball players revel in traditional Thai festival

 
China's Wang Fan (right) celebrate the water-splashing festival of Songkran with the players and the locals
Songkhla, Thailand, April 13, 2017 – The participants of the SMM Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships got some time to relax and have fun before the start of the competition, as they celebrated the traditional Thai festival of Songkran on Friday.
 
The Songkran is an annual celebration of the Thai New Year held every April 13. The city of Songkhla has been holding the water-splashing festival for the local and international players each year.


 
The players paraded in the city carrying water pistols and buckets to splash each other and the locals with water, all in the spirit of good fun. The event was a great experience of tradition and fun for the players ahead of the tough matches of the championship that will take place from April 14 to 17 at Samila Beach.
 
Meanwhile, Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) performed a traditional water blessing ceremony called Rod Nam Dam Hua, which is the ceremony of pouring water on the hands of revered elders during the celebration of the Thai New Year.


 
TVA president Somporn Chaibangyang led the national federation officials and Thai beach volleyball players in pouring water on the hands of its most revered elder, TVA vice-president and founder of Grand Sport Group Kij Pluckchaoom, to wash away bad luck and to seek blessings.


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