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Once a year the city of Yasothon is put on the map for its famous rocket festival. Once the bamboo rockets were made by monks. Now there is a competition in the area for the best and strongest rockets. This event is going on in the countryside as well. The point is to get generous amounts of water for the rice season.

The Thai New Year is more than just waterfights, it is a family holiday with deep religious traditions. If you go to temples you will see more of this aspect of Songkran.