Community, Cultural, Event, Lao Tradition, Photography, Thai Tradition

Songkran Festival 2014 at Wat Greensboro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o8RyIyexFw We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 13, 2014. We had a good turnout and the weather was exceptionally nice, it was in the 80s. Songkran is one of the biggest events at our temple. It is the time of the year for a new… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2014 at Wat Greensboro

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