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

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