Water difference a year makes

Pictures by: 
Gavin Foo
Report by: 
Kok Yufeng

Despite the sweltering heat last Sunday, the typically quiet stretch of road outside the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier was overrun with water-gun-toting revellers looking to inflict "maximum carnage" on friends, family and unsuspecting passers-by. 
 
Armed with watering cans, water bottles and pails, members of the Myanmar community here came in droves to celebrate the water festival of Thingyan. 
 
From about 10am to 2pm, people of all ages congregated at the 80m-long Tai Gin Road, spraying water on each other as loud techno music played in the background. 
 
Passers-by were ambushed from behind as children took up positions on a pick-up truck with a big tank of water on top. Most ended up soaked from head to toe. 
 
The Myanmar people came to this yearly event organised by the temple to pray, give offerings, enjoy traditional Myanmar delicacies and, of course, revel in the water-spraying festivities.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on April 15, 2014.