(BANGKOK) -- Thailand's annual water festival kicked off in Bangkok Wednesday, bringing with it a country-wide party and massive water fights.
For three days every April, Thailand celebrates its traditional new year. Businesses close and people take to the streets to drink, dance, eat food, and douse each other with squirt guns and buckets of water.
This year, nearly 3,500 people squared off with water pistols outside a Bangkok shopping mall Wednesday. Organizers say it was a world record for the biggest-ever water fight, beating a 2007 gathering in Spain.
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