I was also a little perplexed at the Water Gun aspect of the Burmese Water Festival in Queens last Sunday. It was a pretty hot day, but still, not only were kids squirting those super sized guns, so were adults, actually it looked like whole families had come equipped with those mega-squirters. And I saw adults smiling as kids squirted me! But then I read in the program that water is a symbol for washing away bad things from the year before, and I suddenly felt like it was really friendly, and I started smiling too. I was pretty soaked by the time I left.