carendar festival

Calendar of Festivals and Culture

The lifestyle of the Thai hilltribes is based on a cycle of three seasons: winter, the dry season and the rainy season. The following are the highlights of the Akha and Lahu calendars.

Akha Lahu
Month Lifestyle Culture LifeStyle Culture
January
Picking up leaves to repair the houses. Red Egg New Year: This is a celebration of the New Year for the children. Eggs are boiled in herbs to dye them to a red colour. Picking up leaves to repair the houses.
February Cutting leaves to repair the roofs or building new houses. Cutting leaves to repair the roofs or building new houses. “War” New Year. This is a celebration held after the harvest. The purpose is to give fertility to the soil.
March Picking up grass to make brooms. Picking up grass to make brooms.
April Preparing the soil to plant rice by cutting or burning the grass.

Digging ditches around the village so that the fires will not burn their houses.

Preparing the soil to plant rice by cutting or burning the grass. Digging ditches around the village so that the fires will not burn their houses. Construction of a hut at the entrance of the village. Celebration of joy and fertility. Sand is piled up in a mound and flags are placed on it.
May Planting corn, ginger and dig the soil to plant fruit trees. Celebration for the pond. Every Akha village has a pond that provides water. During this ceremony, the water is blessed and used for the celebration Planting corn, ginger and dig the soil to plant fruit trees.
June Planting rice and vegetables. During the rainy season, a ceremony is held before planting. This is to celebrate fertility. Planting rice and vegetables.
July Picking up bamboo shoots. Picking up bamboo shoots. Application of the Lahu rules. This is normally held for a period of three months but, in modern times, is now practiced for three days.
August Looking for worms in bamboo plants to eventually cook them. Swing New Year. This is the celebration of the New Year for the women and girls. After the plantation season, the women are free. Looking for worms in bamboo plants to eventually cook them.
September Harvesting the rice. Application of the Akha rules. This is normally held for a period of three months but, in modern times, is now practiced for three days. Looking for worms in bamboo plants and shoots to eventually cook them.
October Harvesting the rice. Bamboo Knife Ceremony. This ceremony is held to chase away ghosts. Harvesting the rice. Celebration of the ending of the application of Lahu rules. This is the time of year to eat the new Lahu rice.
November Harvesting the rice. This is the time of year to eat the new Akha rice. Harvesting the rice.
December Resting after harvesting the rice and sewing. Top New Year. This is the celebration of the New Year for the men and boys. During this celebration, the men play with the top. Resting after harvesting the rice and sewing
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