Phuan festival bolsters Lao-Thai friendship
The annual Phuan ethnic community festival in Thailand has significantly contributed to maintaining and strengthening the friendship between Laos and Thailand along with conserving the traditions of the ethnic group.
Lao Ambassador to Thailand Mr Li Bounkham made the remarks as he joined Nan province Governor Mr Paisal Wimonrat, local authorities and residents, and around 3,000 Phuan people from 23 provinces of Thailand at this year's 59th festiva l.
The event took place on February 16 at Ban Lab Muen Phruan School in Chom Chan sub-district, Wiang Sa district, Nan province.
Phuan communities in Thailand originated from Xieng Khuang province more than 1,100 years ago, and relocated around 400 years ago.
This year's festival included offering clothes and other consumer goods to monks, religious ceremonies, traditional sports, Phuan stage shows, and a beauty contest.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Li expressed his appreciation of the event, which he said reflected the longstanding solidarity, love, and unification of the Phuan people.
He noted the original customs and culture which have been conserved, saying it gave him pride to meet the Phuan people, who upheld their traditions and respected the land of their ancestors.
Mr Li said past visits by Phuan people in Thailand to their Lao counterparts showed their love for their ancestors' land and contributed to the good relationship between Laos and Thailand.
The Phuan festival is held in Thailand every year and rotates amongst host provinces with the ethnic group's association of Thailand its core organiser.
Ambassador Li also attended this year's 7th Phouthai community festival in Loeng Nok Tha district, Yasothon province, earlier this month.
Some 2,000 Phouthai people from various provinces of Thailand attended the event which highlighted their distinctive style of dress, dancing, singing, and lifestyle.
(Latest Update February 27, 2017)