Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Songkran Festival 2016 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 17, 2016. The celebration was later than the actual New Year celebration which was celebrated on April 13 to the 15th in Southeast Asia, it's celebrated for 3 days. Cups of sand were prepared for Jaydee Cide or sand… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2016 at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 19, 2015. It rained in our area, traveling to the temple was difficult and by the time we got there it amazed us that there's not a drop of rain and the temple is only 1 hour and 30… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

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

Art, Buddhism, Community, Cultural, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro

Click here to watch this video on YouTube We celebrated a Lao Pee Mai, Khmer, and Thai New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 14, 2013.  We had a good turnout, surprisingly more so than the previous years. The weather was exceptionally nice, good weather to celebrate the water festival, but… Continue reading Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Cultural, Food

Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro April 15, 2012

Click here to watch this video on YouTube We celebrated Songkran Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro.  We had a good turnout, and the celebration of a Cambodian, Lao Pee Mai, and Thai New Year is more festive this year. Alms giving The food vendors were busy, this one had a long line. This… Continue reading Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro April 15, 2012

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

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

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