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Lao New Year 2561 aka 2018

It’s that time of year again! For a lot of us…the 3rd time we celebrate, each year (hello Western 2018 and Chinese/Lunar 4716). Inarguably, I believe it’s also the one we hold dearest to our hearts: HAPPY LAO NEW YEAR! For the folks keeping record or the folks just curious–our year is 2561. The Western Calendar aka Gregorian Calendar aka Christian calendar, puts us at 2018. We’re over 500 years ahead–543 years, to be exact. I’m not sure if any of us has ever reflected on the implications of that. How many civilizations in history created calendars and realized the importance of having one? How many created…and kept theirs relevant vs just adopting another? Regardless, below is a collection of all the flyers we were able to get hold of via social media. So, for the start of 2561–get out and enjoy yourself at one or several new year celebrations–LAO-STYLE. Just remember one very important thing: While we are there to celebrate and we Lao really.know.how.to.celebrate. – please remember the location these celebrations are occurring in. Most celebrations are being held at a local Wat. …

Staff Favorites: March – What Inspires You Most About Women?

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to define what makes women…so amazing? We figured this would receive a more diverse answer than something akin to, “what woman inspires you most” (most likely answer being mama). You know us…always trying to be the pinnacle of progressivism! Don’t be shy–add in your own stories and reasons in our comments section, below!  –Saysomphorn Sisavatdy, ssisavatdy@gmail.com ~~ Donna Luangmany: History is full of amazing women: Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Joan of Arc, Frida Kahlo. They’re among many who have changed the world with their actions and accomplishments; but I want to celebrate every day women, and their resilience. In our society, we’re expected to take so many roles: mother, spouse, daughter, student, employee. The list is endless and it means something different to everybody. But what we all have in common is that we’re expected to hold it down at home, work, and/or school and act as though it’s easy. It isn’t always, but still, we push through and make it work. We give it …