Shan New Year was celebrated Nov. 17 this year. It is on a lunar calendar and is now the year 2104. So this year at Thai Freedom House we got to celebrate 5 New Year Days! The traditional Western Jan. 1, then the Chinese New Year, Thai New Year and finally the Shan New Year; they know how to party in Asia!
Our Shan New Year party was organized by our new assistant director; Nang Yomt One. She informed us of all the traditional foods that needed to be served and organized some song and dance for the students to perform. All of the students families were invited to come and a lot of them were able to. We had a great afternoon and evening of Shan culture appreciation. A lot of the students commented that it was nice to have a place to celebrate like a family since normally they would be celebrating with their whole village and extended family. I am glad that we got to share this together as our own Freedom House Family.