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

Buddhism, Community, Holiday, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

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.… Continue reading Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2010

Buddhism, Holiday, Lao Folktales, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

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, but Brahmanism. Later, Lao people changed the tradition, but kept the idea… Continue reading Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Buddhism, Lao Tradition

Lao New Year Celebration at My Local Temple

One of the good things about living in Laos is that the local Wat (temple) is within a walking distance, I can't say the same here in the United States.  We have so many temples here in North Carolina, but all are about 45 minutes to 1.50 hours drive, as for this one, Wat Greensboro… Continue reading Lao New Year Celebration at My Local Temple

Buddhism, Community, Cultural, Lao Tradition

Buddha House Blessing to Ring in the Lao New Year

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… Continue reading Buddha House Blessing to Ring in the Lao New Year

Community, Food, Holiday

Two, make that Three Holidays

Most of us are looking forward to Easter this weekend, but there is also Passover that falls on the same week, Passover starts at sundown tonight, and Easter comes at sunrise on Sunday. So what’s the third holiday? As for the Buddhist, especially the Lao and Thais, it’s the New Year or Songkran, the water… Continue reading Two, make that Three Holidays

Lao Tradition

Lao New Year 2008 at Wat Lao Buddhavong

Interesting photos of Lao New Year 2008 (Lao year: 2551) at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett, Virginia, also known as, and referred by people as Wat Lao Buddhavong of Washington DC, photos by Kevin Borland, Esq. at Flickr. The above photo made me think that it is Kabinlaphom’s head that is placed on the tray,… Continue reading Lao New Year 2008 at Wat Lao Buddhavong

Lao Tradition

The Southeastern part of the United States Celebrating of Lao New Year 2008

Songkran is the time of the year for a new beginning, and for some of us, it is the time to wash away the rust that has been clinging to our heart, learning to let go of the past and to start fresh with the new beginning. I want to wish everyone a year of… Continue reading The Southeastern part of the United States Celebrating of Lao New Year 2008