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Happy Thanksgiving from Little Laos on the Prairie

It’s the season for good cheer, spending time with loved ones and on this particular day — giving thanks. Here are some things we at Little Laos are thankful for. “I’m thankful for the LLOTP writing team (and) I’m thankful for the diaspora and the great lengths we (go to) build community in any part of the world.” – Chanida Phaengdara Potter, editor-in-chief “I’m thankful for friends and family, no matter how far apart we are.” – Jason Rolan, editor “I’m thankful for how time helps communities learn, heal and progress, even beyond our own borders.” – Sai Sisavatdy, managing editor “I’m thankful so many of you get your articles in on time.” – Bryan Thao Worra, co-editor, about the LLOTP writing team “Besides my health, job, friends and family, I’m thankful to have found a place where I can be myself and embrace my culture.” – Savannah Rattanavong, co-editor What are you grateful for?

In spirit of the season: Haunting sights in Laos, Thailand

VIENTIANE, Laos – From the light-hearted to the macabre, ghosts and spirits have recently been visiting the area. Below are two must-see spots where the living may meet the dead. Ben Hansaa – The Funhouse View this post on Instagram My annual delight at the Boat Racing Festival is the Haunted House. I never go inside, but love the calm, eerie music that plays out of it, as well as watching the Lao people dare each other to go in and then come running out. #laos #vientiane #hauntedhouse A post shared by Jason Rolan (@jasonrolan) on Oct 22, 2018 at 8:02am PDT After the revolution, believing in spirits was officially discouraged, but belief in them still remains strong. This year, the end of Buddhist Lent fell at nearly the same time as Halloween. In the carnival erected annually at Vientiane’s Boat Racing festival, there is a haunted house where youths dare each other to face the horrors inside. In Thailand, or America, this would be called a Ban Phi Sing or “Haunted House,” but bowing …