Women in colourful and traditional Northern Thai dress carry umbrellas to ward off some water during the Songkran festival in Chiang Mai. Songkran is a week long celebration that culminates with the historic new year in Thailand; which also coincides with the beginning of the hottest season, the end of the dry season, and the throwing of water is a symbolic attempt to bring on the rains and bountiful crops. Photo by Robert McKenna.