Halpern, Joel Martin
Film footage shows several of the traditional celebrations of the Lao New Year. Scenes include: A sand stupa is covered with flour and decorated with candles. Monks process to a temple. A monk on a palanquin is doused with water. Guards and offficials parade out of the palace. Masked dancers (Pu Nyoe Nya Nyoe, the ancestral spirits of the Luang Prabang kingdom) dance within the procession and later within the temple. The crown prince's barge passes villages on its way to make a pilgrimage to Pak Ou. Khmu' guards process out of the palace in two lines. King Sisavang Vong is carried within the procession. The king annoints the prabang (a statue of the Buddha) with water. Additional photographs of these events can be found within the Joel M. Halpern Laotian Slide Collection at the University of Wisconsin.