Today being Good Friday, most people in the South have a day off, it’s one of our (very few) paid holidays. When I left work on Thursday, one of my co-workers wished me a Happy Chinese New Year. Lao New Year I corrected her. It must be very confusing since I recently celebrated Chinese New Year back in January of this year, but I do have to say that Lao New Year is one of my favorites New Year celebrations.
I’ve never officially wrote in any of my posts about the State that I live in, as far as the Lao-American populations, we didn’t make it to the top 5. According to the 2005 American Community Survey estimation of the Lao-American populations, the top 5 states were California (63,318), Texas (12,643), Minnesota (11,636), Washington (10,638), and Iowa (6,129). Our State, North Carolina came in at number 6 of 5,854 Lao people, to read more.
Sorry, I only took pictures of the ladies, the guys are a bit shy, or might be me that didn’t dare ask them.
Many of us living in America are still following the Lao tradition when it comes to Lao New Year celebration such as attending the festive event at the Buddhist temple. I think this one is extra, I’m very fortunate to attend a Buddha House Blessing this morning, this is to bless the house, the people that live there, the passed loved ones, and also to ring in the Lao New Year.
Traditional morning Almsgiving or Lao people called it Tuk Badt. I would not be surprised to see my picture somewhere, as you can see that the young novice monk has captured our picture with his latest digital camera.
I looked forward to this event, especially the food, one of my all time favorites… the dessert.
The ladies were busy in the kitchen preparing food for the monks, and some for us.
This one is Duran Sticky Rice. If you’re not familiar with Duran fruit, you might turn your nose. It is after all considered the King of all stinky Tropical fruit.
Lots of food as you can see, it is then offered to the monks.
The monks then tie blessing rope for New Year blessing, and most of us might have only seen the white rope use in Baci ceremony, such as in Lao Traditional Wedding, but in special occasion such as New Year, other colors are being used as well, such as yellow or orange.
And lovely Lao girls.
Next is Lao New Year on Suday, I can’t wait to take more pictures.