All posts tagged: Lao

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. …

Culture vs Converse: Shoo to All Shoes or are your Jimmy Choo’s Exempt?

Entering a house with bare feet is second nature to us Lao. We wouldn’t dare walk through someone’s abode with our street shoes on. But there are many Americans who disagree. In fact, it can be a controversial topic! Removing your shoes might ruin a carefully curated outfit, make you cold, or worse, expose your mismatched socks and smelly feet. And who can forget that Sex and the City episode where Carrie took off her Manolos and someone else went home with them?! Have you ever wondered why we take off our shoes? Or do you need some fuel for the “shoes off” side of the debate? Follow along. Removing shoes is a common practice in many parts of the world. You’ll find footwear by the front entry in Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea. And this isn’t just common in the East. Some people in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, and Turkey cringe at just the thought of hanging out inside with your shoes on. Here in Canada, most of us leave our shoes at the door, …