Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Lao Baci Ceremony

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).

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8 comments on “Lao Baci Ceremony

  1. wandermama
    August 25, 2012

    Sounds like you are off to a great start. I look forward to reading more. Have fun!

  2. The Laotian Commotion
    August 20, 2012

    It’s not a lao celebration unless you’ve got alcohol, just sayin’


  3. Lisaman
    August 20, 2012

    What a great experience…Never easy moving to a new place but it certainly is an adventure!!

  4. fotograffer
    August 19, 2012

    What a neat experience. The Jack Daniels was a nice touch I think:)

  5. Dani
    August 19, 2012

    Love the photos! and what a neat welcome to the community!!

    • Wanderlustress
      August 19, 2012

      Our reception here in Vientiane has been great! People from the embassy have been so warm and helpful. Within three weeks I have already gone to three casual social functions with the Ambassador in attendance, and the well wishes we received at the baci ceremony felt very spiritual and genuine at the same time (even though it was in Lao and I couldn’t fully understand the words).

  6. travelerlynne
    August 18, 2012

    M is adorable.Candy and money works…but an egg. (easier to hold than the hen) 🙂

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