Songkran Water Festival 2016 in Penang

This year Songkran is getting off to a slow start compared to last year.  But today’s date is the 13th, despite what the sign says.  A few photos of the temples while it is quiet.  Just three guys standing around drinking Tiger beer and a couple of kids shooting water pistols so far.

So plenty of time to come still.  Wear clothes that you don’t mind being drenched, and keep valuables in plastic bags if you don’t want them to get wet.

Songkran

Songkran

entrance to Burmese temple

entrance to Burmese temple

Lorong Burma is still quiet

Lorong Burma is still quiet

Thai temple

Thai temple

in the Thai temple

in the Thai temple

sign requesting one to take off one's shoes - and another to beware of shoe thieves - hmm

sign requesting one to take off one’s shoes – and another to beware of shoe thieves – hmm

nice shiny dragon - it looks like everything has been spruced up

nice shiny dragon – it looks like everything has been spruced up

back in Burmese temple

back in Burmese temple

Burmese temple

Burmese temple

making food

making food

the only people so far having a water fight

the only people so far having a water fight

just in case you come unarmed you can get equipped on site

just in case you come unarmed you can get equipped on site

OK. And now I’ll go back again. Hopefully it will have kicked off.

at last, a water fight

at last, a water fight

water fight

water fight

Still very quiet today, even though it’s after 11AM.

Another visit later, a bit before 3PM, and it’s still very quiet.  All the action this time is in the Thai temple, across the road from the Burmese temple.

Usually a hive of activity, the Burmese temple is very quiet this year, almost empty

Usually a hive of activity, the Burmese temple is very quiet this year, almost empty

the water fights are at the thai temple

the water fights are at the Thai temple

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