Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Today we attended our first Baci Ceremony, a tradition of blessings conducted for many occasions like today’s farewell to my husband’s colleague and welcoming the new arrivals to Vientiane – that’s us!
After the village elder chants Buddhist mantras, symbolic food and flowers are tossed into the crowd along with a cleansing spray of alcohol (in this case I think it was Jack Daniels), each person holds some symbolic food to have strings tied to the wrist as blessings.
What exactly are they trying to tell me: my husband was given a beer to hold, this guy a whiskey, while I was given an egg!
M sat through the entire ceremony holding her hands in a nop the whole time and happily received her strings while holding a lot of candy and money (the orange string was from a monk at Wat Simeung at the beginning of Lao Buddhist lent).