Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4, 2013

This is our seventh year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia. The celebration started on July 4th, and they had a 3 days celebration. We attended Thursday July 4th, and got there early for the morning Alms giving.

We also visited my mom’s monument, it has been 6.5 years since she passed away. The sadness is still there and I don’t think it will ever go away.

Max went with us this year and this beats staying at the doggy hotel. We used to board him in the past, and he had separation anxiety and didn’t do too well. One great thing about camping is that you can take your dog with you, and most if not all campgrounds are pet friendly.

They didn’t have a good turnout this year, probably less than half of last year’s turnout. They also changed the program and I missed the Lao classical dance.

Geenoy from Laos

Jop and Joy, two sisters from Thailand.

Playlist of videos at Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4, 2013 event.

Wat Lao Buddhavong July 2, 2011

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This is our fifth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia, and this year fell on Saturday July 2nd and July 3rd. We got to Wat on Friday evening and the kids were looking forward to the event for several months now.

Many Lao locals went there on Friday evening to shop since they didn’t have to pay to get in, Saturday ticket was $10 per person. The main part of Wat (temple) is free to all visitors, this is my GI Joe sister giving Almes on Saturday morning.

We stayed till Sunday morning and headed out to Virginia Beach afterward, more photos to come.

The opening part of the ceremony on Saturday was performed by monks, actually this is the first year I saw the monks performing ceremony on stage and giving out awards to singers and performers.

The singer from Thailand this year was Baitaung Channgam, I made a separate post for her.

Also from Lao ChampaTV Bao Lee Tounkoula (not sure about the spelling of his name), I posted his song with Baitaung since they performed together.

A Lao band from Montreal Canada, I made a separate post.

And many young dancers and local entertainers, and here are the links to their posts.
Kinnaly Lao Classical Dance
Local Thai Band
Hmong Song
Lao Local Singers
Forn Lao Pan
Morlum Noy and Lao Fashion Show

Many vendors were from Florida, and I do love their fresh fruits.

The best part about visiting Boun Wat is the food, the chicken on the sticks look just like back home.

My favorite is Kanom Krok, the ones that we made at home tasted very much like these now.

And Kaolarm, another one of my favorite sticky rice desserts.

Lee looked forward to shop for Lao/Thai items this year.

The sign was so tempting, we were there all day on Saturday.

They had a good turnout on Saturday, and the weather was real nice.

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The 31st Anniversary Celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong July 3-4, 2010

This is our fourth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong, and my first year able to do videos of the event. Video clips take up a lot of memory that I had to shoot sparingly and it also meant taking less photos this year.

According to our Buddhist belief, Tuk Badt or Almsgiving is believed by many that it’s a Boun (merit making) of life, that they’ll live a long and healthy life which technically speaking by Tuk Badt, they’re offering foods to the monks to sustain their livelihoods. We Busa (donate money for) the alms bowl this year, it was $10 and Lee was putting the sticky rice in the monk’s bowl.

Candles and incense sticks for worshiping.

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