Community, Cultural, Lao Tradition, Travel

Wat Lao Buddhavong June 30, 2012 Lao Classical Dance and Fashion Show

I finally have a chance to load all the videos, I hope you will enjoy. Click here to watch this video on YouTube Click here to watch this video on YouTube Click here to watch this video on YouTube Click here to watch this video on YouTube The photography was a challenge since the background… Continue reading Wat Lao Buddhavong June 30, 2012 Lao Classical Dance and Fashion Show

Buddhism, Community, Food, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

New Year 2012 at Wat Greensboro

It has been a tradition for our family to visit the temple on New Year's Day.  My sisters came down from NYC to tum boun (merit making) for our mom, it has been 5 years since her passing.  The normal service time is at 9:30am and we got there before the service, a few joined… Continue reading New Year 2012 at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

Updated video on 10/26/2011: Click here to view this video on YouTube At the end of the 3-month rains retreat monks are allowed to move from place to place, and are eligible to receive new robes in an annual presentation ceremony called Thot Kathin. Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. It… Continue reading Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

The End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

October 12th marked the end of the three month rains retreat, and last Sunday we celebrated Ok Punsa or the end of Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. The tradition of Buddhist Lent or the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early… Continue reading The End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Food, Lao Music, Lao Tradition, Thai Music, Travel

Wat Lao Buddhavong July 2, 2011

Click here to view this video on YouTube This is our fifth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia, and this year fell on Saturday July 2nd and July 3rd. We got to Wat on Friday evening and the kids were looking forward to the event for several months… Continue reading Wat Lao Buddhavong July 2, 2011

Buddhism, Community, Holiday, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2011

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/22539838 w=500&h=400] It must be the sunshine after the storm, the weather was exceptionally nice and we had a good turnout. Today we celebrated a Cambodian, Lao, and Thai New Year. I think many people have a misconception when they pray to the lord Buddha. I overheard one lady telling her daughter that when she… Continue reading Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2011

Lao Folktales, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Today is the start of the water festival in Laos and Thailand. This is a story told in Laos to explain why Lao people pour water on each other on the New Year in the fifth Lunar month. The story is called Nang Sangkaan. The origin of the parade of Nang Sangkaan is not Buddhist,… Continue reading Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Lao Tradition, Laos, Memory Lane, Thai Tradition, Thailand

Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival

This post might be late for Lai Heur Fai Nam, but early for Loy Krathong Festival. I left Laos when I was only 6 year old and I can't recall if I ever get a chance to Lai Heur Fai Nam but I think I would have since we lived near the Mekong river in… Continue reading Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival