Thais claim squirt-gun fight record
Revelers spray each other with squirt guns at a Bangkok shopping mall Wednesday, marking the start of the Thai New Year.
April 14th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

Thais claim squirt-gun fight record

Revelers in Thailand celebrated the Thai New Year on Wednesday by dousing each with water, in one case in record numbers.

Bangkok's Central World Shopping Plaza and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration claimed the Guinness World Record for a water-pistol fight, with 3,471 participants spraying each other for 10 minutes, according to a report in The Nation. The old record was 2,671 squirters for five minutes in Spain in 2007, the report said.

The Thai New Year, known as Songkran, begins on April 13 and last three days, although local celebrations can begin sooner and end later. Thais offer Buddhist prayers and city dwellers visit their hometowns during the holiday, but the joy of drenching each other is the holiday highlight. Take a look at water fights around the country from the Bangkok Post.

And Myanmar has its own New Year water celebration, specifically motorists getting doused on a Yangon road. Watch the iReport here.

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