Join in Baci ceremony at a local family
Baci or more commonly called ‘su kwan’ (meaning “calling of the soul”) is an important ceremony of Lao people practiced for hundreds of years. The ritual is held to celebrate important events and occasions, like Lao New Year, weddings, births, homecomings, entering the monkhood, or in case of tourists, to honor visitors and guests. On the ceremony, you will gather around a handmade marigold pyramid, called Pha Khuan, while an elder chants blessings and ties pieces of white threads around your wrists, which are believed to bless and preserve good luck for participants. At the end of the ceremony, all guests will enjoy a feast of food, drink, and some Lao circle dances. Joining in Baci ceremony at a local family is the best chance for visitors to delve deeper into Laotian culture and their spiritual life. If you travel to Luang Prabang, don’t miss this unique experience.