The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditinal New Year's Day. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. It is the longest celebration in the country. Street parties, family reunions and friendly water fights are all combined, make Songkran the grandest and most colorful event.
The dark side of the festival is highway carnage. This year's festival (April 9-15) has recorded 121 deaths and 1251 injuries from road accidents in just the first three days of the "seven dangerous days". Police report the major cause of the accidents is intoxication and speeding.