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​Vietnamese students celebrate end of school year with water fight

Saturday, June 02, 2018, 19:24 GMT+7
​Vietnamese students celebrate end of school year with water fight
Students are seen during the water battle at a high school in Kon Tum, Vietnam’s Central Highlands, on May 26, 2018. Photo: Vo Lai Giang

A thrilling water fight has been held by nearly 1,000 students of a high school in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, in celebration of the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Although extremely common in Western culture, water battle is rarely seen as a tradition in Vietnam’s conservative and stern educational environment.

But the Kon Tum High School, located in the eponymous province, decided to break the mold last year, organizing an unprecedented water battle right at the school campus, in an attempt to leave their students hard-to-forget memories after nine months of stress and pressure fulfilling their academic year.

In Vietnam, an academic year starts in September and finishes in May the following year.

As the idea was wholeheartedly welcomed by students, the water fight was held again this year on Saturday last week.

 

Nearly 1,000 high schoolers were divided into two teams, imitating the showdown between two legends of the Hollywood blockbuster Dawn of Justice: Batman vs Superman.

The ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ squads, both equipped with hundreds of thousands of colorful balloons filled with water, had had an irreconcilable fight against each other for approximately an hour.

The boundary between teachers and students was probably crossed out in this special ceremony as they all played so friend-like by hitting each other into the puddles.

There was no usual sign of austere teachers, who appeared to be far more active and enthusiastic in the battle field.

Photographer Vo Lai Giang, a Kon Tum High School alumni, voluntarily captured the bustling fight and gave those photos to the students as a cheerful present.

This is also an act showing his gratefulness to the students, who reminded him of his wonderful school years.

“The students look super amused and enthusiastic,” Giang recalled.

“I also took photos of last year’s celebration, getting wet from head to toe, but you won’t know how super fulfilled I felt in return.”

According to Ngo Duy Khanh, a Kon Tum High School student, almost all students had played fiercely hard and had an unforgettable experience ever.

He also believed that his friends had been given a great chance to unwind and refresh prior to the upcoming national high school exam, which will take place at the end of this June.

The exam is deemed the most momentous and stressful to senior high schoolers due to its direct effects on their future decisions.

Here are some photos captured by Vo Lai Giang during such once-in-a-lifetime battle:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kieu Nga / Tuoi Tre News Contributor

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