• Gambling: New Year's

    Gambling often occurs in concert with religious festivals in Southeast Asia. Here women participate with men. This is a prosperous urban setting.

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  • Lao New Year--street market

    The peddlers in the background of this photo are selling pottery, which is the kind that is used as a seat for the basket used to steam sticky rice. Luang Prabang is a small town and crowds like this…

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  • Lao New Year--on the street

    These Lao men and women are out in their best clothes, enjoying the festive air. Here some women are shopping for fabric. Even here in the center of town it is common to go without shoes.

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  • New Year's fair: Red Cross booth on World Health Day

    A variety of local and international organizations were represented at this fair.

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  • Crown Prince at New Year's fair

    Here a crowd of notables waits to greet the Prince during his visit to the fair.

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  • Lao New Year--on the street

    During New Year and other festivals, many Lao engage in shopping and selling as fervently as in their temple activities. The children, dressed in their best, also have an opportunity to fully particip…

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  • Lao New Year--street market

    Halpern writes in his fieldnotes that marketing was one of the most intense activities at the Lao New Year he witnessed.

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  • Hmong at New Year's fair

    In Laos, most ethnic groups typically participate in the many fairs and festivals.

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  • Crown Prince at New Year's fair

    Future king Savang Vatthana and his wife Khamphouy leaving the agriculture booth at the modest fair in Luang Prabang. It contrasts with a much more elaborate one in Vientiane, the administrative capit…

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  • Lao New Year--street market

    As many anthropologists, including Halpern, have noted, religious festivals such as New Year are not easy to separate from various forms of commercial activity, or from non-Buddhist elements within Bu…

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  • New Year's fair: Red Cross booth on World Health Day

    The men pictured here are French medical officers. Despite the end of colonization, many French still lived and worked in Laos during the late 1950s.

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  • New Year's fair

    This image indicates that most of the booths at this fair were set up by Lao government ministries and local branches of these. Visible here along with the Red Cross booth are those of the Transportat…

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  • Crown Prince at New Year's fair

    Here the future King and Queen are leaving the booth of Operation Brotherhood, a Filipino medical aid and community assistance group that worked in Laos and was supported by the American aid program.…

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  • New Year's fair

    Some of the signs in this shot can be read. For instance, one on the right reads "hong sinlapa Lao", or Lao arts room.

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  • New Year's fair

    The sign picture here reads "khet thahan phak 1." It means "military region 1."

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