Category Archives: Happy Lao New Year

Wat Lao Saophuth Buddhist Temple, Sacramento CA (April 27th and 28th)

The nice thing about living in Northern California, there are so many Lao Temples all over Northern California within 1 or 2 hrs drives.  Which meant the whole month of April is Lao New Year celebrations going on everywhere.  Most neighboring cities always tried to avoid hosting it same weekend to maximize the potential profits :-).  Lucky for me, I got to attend two different Lao New Year events this year.

On Saturday, I didn’t make it out to the temple til late afternoon.  It was so hot, the first heat wave hitting the Northern California and I wasn’t ready for it.  Once we go to the temple, first thing we did was to look for a shady spot to camp out at.  There are so many venders setting up booths around the temple perimeters.  I didn’t get a chance to walk around much due to the heat.  I got a chance to captured few pictures from the beauty contest.

Since my mom and sister missed the Saturday “tuk bard”, they both asked if I can drive them on Sunday morning.  Usually, I always slept in on the weekend.

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Sabaidee Pee Mai (Happy New Year)

It is been awhile since my last blog.  First of all, I like to wish everyone “Sok Dee Pee Mai” (Happy New Year).  Most of the Lao/Cambodian temples around Northern California are hosting New Year festivals this past weekend.  This year, I only made it to the local temple to celebrate the New Year festivities.  I didn’t make it out to Modesto temple because I was glued to the television watching The Master.  Most people probably thinks golf is the most boring sport to watch on television, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday afternoon.

Anyways, back to the New Year celebrations… Such an event like this brings out a lot of people in the community.  I ran into so many old friends and old neighbors that I normally do not get to see.  Here are some of the pictures I took from the event.

Left: DaoDuangMai from Laos; Right: Ms. Darling from San Diego, CA

Left: DaoDuangMai from Laos; Right: Ms. Darling from San Diego, CA

2 of the contestants show up late and miss out on photo session.

2 of the contestants show up late and miss out on photo session.

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