VIDEO: Laotian New Year Celebration

This example of the New Year Celebration illustrates the importance of dance, music, and costume within the Laotian culture. The Laos musical tradition is almost completely oral, songs have been passed down from generation to generation. A beautiful art the classical Laotian dance derives from India, although there are several other cultural influences. This clip shows an individual and group dance during the Friday night performances. Filmed in Broussard on Easter Weekend, 2000. The Laotian subdivision is called Lanexang meaning "million elephants", the old name for Laos.

Taken from Laotian New Year 2000
Produced and Directed by Somdy Rasy
Time: 1:47
Filmed: 2000


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