Lately we’ve been invited to an event almost weekly. I finally took some pictures to show you what a typical event is like. First of all, I finally got around to purchasing a sin, which is the Lao traditional skirt. At every event I’ve been to so far, there has been not a single woman (except for me) not wearing one. So, as soon as we received invitation to the next event, I started calling up friends to go shopping for a sin with me.
I ended up going the morning of the event, which was a house blessing ceremony. My friend took me to one of her friend’s stalls at the market where I picked out an inexpensive cotton sin. The prices range from $5, like mine, all the way up into the hundreds of dollars for intricately woven silk skirts. After purchasing the unfinished skirt, we ran over to the seamstress stall and paid the “urgent” price to get it fitted, complete with hems and hook closures for $2. In less than an hour, I had purchased my skirt, gotten it hemmed, and was on my way to the party.
From what I’ve observed so far, it doesn’t seem to matter what you wear with your sin. You can wear a t-shirt and flip flops as long as you have the skirt.
We arrived on our bikes about 45 minutes late, which seemed to be the time most people were starting to arrive.
After checking in and giving our money gift to the hosts, we made our way to the table where others from our group were arriving. The tables were all set with dishes of delicious food, sticky rice, and plenty of Beer Lao. After eating for awhile and several rounds of toasts, the DJ finished warming up, the announcements were made, and people started going up to dance. Most of the traditional Lao dancing seems to be rather unemotional, as couples walk around in a circle making delicate motions with their hands. At this party, we did get to observe a traditional Tai Dam dance, which was the people group of this house blessing.
After a few hours, the girls were asking to go home and sleep, so we said our goodbyes, sneaked out between dances, and rode our bikes home.
This week is the traditional Lao New Years, so we have already been to one party, with a couple more coming up.
What was the last party you went to? Was it anything like a Lao party?