Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2010

Lao New Year was on April 14-16 and since it was during the work week, the celebration at our local temple was on Sunday April 18, 2010.  We had a good turnout this year and the weather was exceptionally nice.

We pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our soul.

Paying homage to the lord Buddha, a great time to bring the whole family for blessing.

Lee did her part also.

Jaydee Cide or sand stupas, this year is not as colorful as last year, no flags like the previous years.

Morning Almsgiving, the tradition of offering food to the monks.

Make a wish and donate good merits to your deceased loved ones, Sa Tuh.

Nang Sonkhaan this year is like no others. It’s very original and the ladies are adorable.

We had a mixed groups of people, many visitors came to celebrate Songkran with us this year.

Some younger kids played with water, and the older ones played with shaving cream.

They had plants for sell, the one that caught my attention was the one with fruits hanging.

Came to find out it was Maak Kork, great ingredient for Tum Maak Houng or Spicy Papaya salad.

We had plenty of food.

And live band, the event ended at 7 in the evening.  This year was very festive, more so than last year.


  1. Lots of Lao people. The event looks so peaceful. The children get a chance to play together..with their own kind. 🙂

    • Zeddicus, not all Lao people, but we had more Khmer there. There were also Thai people attending the event. I guess you can’t tell just by looking, to me it is not important of your nationality because we were all there to celebrate our New Year. 🙂

  2. Nye, could you please contact me via e-mail, or my FaceBook account? This is one of the monks of Wat Greensboro. Wonderful pics of this year’s Songkran.

    Thanks for posting them, and the video. I linked it on the Wat Greensboro FaceBook account as well.

    • Hi Pannadharo, Bhikku, thanks for your visit and comment. I don’t have a Facebook account and had contacted you via your email.

  3. Happy Lao New Year Nye! Looks like a fun celebration.

    That fruiting tree is neat. I wonder if it’s the Maak kork that is usually made into hot chili paste. They sell the frozen ones and it reminds me of walnut.

    • Cambree, it’s the same Maak Kork that they made into hot chili paste. It makes the Tum Maak Houng to look dark but it’s very good. It is a tropical plant and have to be kept inside during the cold winter months and that would be a job when it gets bigger. I think it might survive the winter months in CA or FL.

    • mozemoua, the next big ceremony is Kathin Ceremony at the end of October. This one is more festive than Songkran Festival, I can email you the exact date if you’re interested.

      I’ll get next year’s calendar in January, and will let you know the date of our next year’s Songkran.

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