How is it to celebrate Laos New Year?寮國|如何慶祝寮國新年?

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First night in Laos,we went to a family for new year ritual, they invited a shaman to their house. All the family members, neighbors and friends to sit around in the middle of the living room with a big round plate full with food. Shaman asked us to put one hand on the plate, he started chanting, then he hanged an egg with thin rope and asked the householder to take the rope, then the egg fell. Shaman took out an old note book, he asked everyone to put their palms together, and then he started to chant again. He’s an old man, even though I didn’t know what’s the incantation he was chanting, but I felt it was full of energy with his age, anyway, I was listening with all sincerity. Later, shaman took the ropes from the plate, he tied knots on the wrists of everyone, and in the meantime, he blessed people. This was my favorite part of this ritual, we tied knots on everybody’s wrists and blessed each other. Except for my birthday, this was the night I got the most much blessings ever.

I would like to use a word to describe Laos new year – “noisy". Don’t know why the audio equipment was so well sold in Laos, but I could hear the loud Laos style pop music on every street. Most of families had a long table with food, beer Lao or whisky Lao. It was like the whole town was having a party. We went to few houses, all friends of Somhuk.

The noisy party came to its culmination with the “local homemade rocket show". I think they were just flying bombs. It was held at an empty ground near Vieng Phouka. There were men equipped with guns, the local guards, others were dancing and drinking. People brought their own rockets on a long bamboo stick. they signed in and handed over their rockets to two young guys who were responsible to lit the rockets. The one that flew the highest was a success and people cheered. Some of them exploded on the ground before taking off. I couldn’t understand what was so great about that show, to that time I just wanted to go back to the peaceful Nam Mang village.

第一個在寮國的晚上,我們去了一戶人家參加了一個特別的新年儀式,他們請來了薩滿法師,家人、鄰居和親朋好友都圍坐在客廳中間擺滿食物的大圓盤,要求我們一手貼著盤子,法師不知道念了什麼咒語後,將繩子吊著一顆蛋請屋主媽媽拿著,然後雞蛋掉了下來,他拿出一本破舊的筆記本,請大家雙手合十,法師開始頌念好長的經文,看著老老的他,即使不知道他念的是什麼,特別覺得有能量,反正我也誠心的、寧靜的聽著。最後法師拿起盤子上的繩子,替每人雙手的手腕綁上繩結,同時說著祝福的話,這是我最喜歡的部分,每個人都替別人綁上雙手的繩結,並說著一堆祝福的話,這是我一輩子收到最多生日快樂以外的祝福了吧?


另一個詞能形容寮國的新年氣氛就是「吵鬧」了,不曉得哪個廣告商能把大音響推銷的這麼好,似乎每家每戶都有台大音響放著我聽不懂的寮語流行音樂,還有一整個長桌的食物、寮國啤酒和威士忌,整個鎮都在開派對,託Somhuk的福,我們到了家家戶戶吃喝。

而吵鬧的最高點就是土製火箭大會,我想那根本就是炸彈。普卡外有個大空地,有人拿著長槍看守,大部分的人一樣帶著大音響在裡面跳舞、吃喝玩樂,每個隊把自己做的火箭綁在長長的竹子上,去簽到台繳上火箭後,空地中央高台上有兩個小伙子負責點燃施放,飛越高並且爆炸就是成功的,有些甚至沒飛起來就炸開了,我看了實在不解這好玩的意義在哪,不解風情的我帶著困惑與不耐只想回去相對寧靜的Nam Mang 村。

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