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Happy Holidays

Phakhuane

Phakhuane

This is not your typical Christmas tree, it’s called a Phakhuane, which is made from fresh banana leaves, cut and folded into cone shape, and decorated with fresh flowers, and strings of white rope to tie on wrists for blessing and good luck.  It is used for Baci Ceremony, and it’s for special occasions such as wedding, new born baby, moving into a new house, recovered from an illness, and in this case, a Phakhuane for my dad and I for our farewell given to us by our relatives in Laos.

Baci Ceremony

Only if we could have a Baci Ceremony for this holiday season, then I would tie a white string around your wrist …may the holiday season bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.

poinsettia

poinsettia

14 thoughts on “Happy Holidays”

  1. Ginger, Merry Christmas! I am sending happy thoughts, health, and a sense of well being for the New Year! Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!:)

  2. Merry Christmas Ginger. Thanks for bringing a part of Laos here.

    As for me, everytime I get the white string tied around my wrist, I always tear up; cause I feel so blessed and honored to be a part of a very unique and meaningful ceremony. I feel the power of Buddha and God when I am blessed by the elders with those strings.

    God Bless!

  3. The tree looks strange yet they are a symbol of “togetherness”, a reunion of family – and I would like a white string attached to my wrist as well.

    Merry Xmas, Ginger.

  4. giiid, thank you, you made a comment before I had a chance to complete my post, I added more photos. 🙂

    Laotian Teacher, thank you and I hope that we’ll have a better year next year.

    Thanks Lyn. 🙂

    lady0fdarkness, you’re most welcome, Baci Ceremony is a special ceremony, and a Lao tradition that should be preserved for our younger generation.

    K, considered it done. I had so many white strings that day, and if you were to look at the last photo of the Poinsettia, that’s my wrist with white strings.

  5. I should change my name from Dallas-Lao to Dallas-Come-Lately.

    Very nice pictures of a poinsettia. It blend in very well with the temple in the background.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Ginger, may you have a merry merry merry safe christmas!!

    Hmong people also have the “baci” ceremony too and for the same reasons, weddings, new born, illness and etc. When we get our hands tied with the white string they put money in a plate that we hold and they tie our hands, when they are tying our hands tehy chant some blessings onto our strings and the strings are kept on our wrist for at least 3 days. Once the 3 days are over we can either cut all of them except for 3 off or just leave them on. I believe someone had said we had adapted this from the laos and thai people, but ofcourse I am not so sure.

  7. Dallas Come Lately, I wasn’t sure if it was poinsettia at first, I saw a lot in Laos, just didn’t expect it to be there, I always associated it with cold weather, but I now think it’s a tropical plant. I hope Santa was nice to you this year. 🙂

    ascandaloussin, I’m happy to know about your tradition and it’s almost identical to ours, but most of us don’t hold plate for money if it’s a small Baci Ceremony such as this, most people would place the money in the palm of your hand, or roll it up and tie it to the white string before they tie your wrist, and chant blessing. I’d also leave the white strings on for 3 days for good luck.

  8. Happy Holidays Nye!

    I didn’t even know you went to Laos. The phakhuane is very a vibrant color. I like how it looks more fresh then the ones that are made here with fake flowers.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday, be safe, and joyful ^^

  9. Thanks Julie, you guys have done such a wonderful job at your blog, and much success in such a short time, and I want to wish dirtii laundry lots of success this coming year.
    I went to Laos beginning of November, it’s my first time going back, so it was real nice to visit my birth place again.

  10. Hi GraceanneGrateful, thanks for your visit, I’ve been visiting fishandfrog-turtleandblog.blogspot.com, and it’s nice to finally get to meet you, very nice site that you and Baker have.

    Thanks for complimenting on my photos, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to go back and take these photos, and glad that you like them.

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