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The 13th marks the end of the old year and the 15th is the day the New Year begins. Since the Water Festival is on the 13th, bad luck was being washed away. People on roadsides hooked up hoses to spray all passers. Some specialized in colored water, perfumed water, or colored pastes to smear on faces, clothes, cars, whatever. Trucks carried barrels of water for dousing people on the roadsides.