One of numerous stone faces of King Jayavarman VII that adorn the towers of Bayon Temple, which still stands at the centre of an ancient, ruined city near modern-day Siem Reap, Cambodia // BEN SALT

This year, the Buddhist New Year festival Songkran and Easter Sunday almost coincided — something that very rarely happens.

As with Easter, Songkran — meaning “pass into” — has historical links to the beginning of springtime. A time when ancient peoples across South and Southeast Asia marked the sun’s transit into the constellation of Aries. The end of the dry season; passing into something new.