LAO WAYS OF DRESSING:
Costumes depend on gender and age but Lao women tend in general to dress respectfully because they are traditionally understood to be the mothers of the nation. Lao women wear silk skirts, blouses and scarves to attend important ceremonies. Lao women have to wear the distinctive phaa sin, a long, patterned skirt, despite of the fact that the tribal groups often have their own unique clothing. Today, women often wear western-style clothing, though the “phaa sin” is still the compulsory formal apparel in government offices (for both those who work there and the Lao women just paying a visit).
Lao men wear salong, big large pants, or peasant pants to attend the important ceremonies but on weekdays, men often dress Western clothes.
Laos Traditional Dance
Laos Dance is truly amazing with the mixture of Laotian, Thais and other neighbors’ culture. Three main traditional dances in Laos are: Lam Vong, Phra Lak Phra Ram and Bamboo Dance. Each of them has interesting features and creates the uniqueness of Laotian dance together with Lao music. We often see Laotian people perform the dance in festival or special ceremony, which reflect their special mark in everyday life.
Lam Vong: The common folk dance sharing among Southeastern countries: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand is so popular for men and women. Its origin comes from Khmer Empire for many years ago. The basic idea is a slow dance round a circular. Each of them will pose graceful hand gesture with simple footsteps in the Laos music rhythm. The name Lam Vong literally means dancing in the circle or circle dance.
Phra Lak Phra Ram: If Lam Vong is Laotian national dance, Phra Lak Phra Ram is Laotian religious dance depicting an epic tale of Buddhism. Through dancing, we are told about the story of two brothers Phra Lak and Phra Ram (relating to Buddhism). Phra Lak Phra Ram is usually plays in Royal Ballet Theater in Luang Prabang, where can be seen as the cradle of Buddhism in Laos.
Bamboo Dance: Bamboo Dance is the most exciting dance in Laos’ mountainous area. This kind of dancing requires your flexibility and skillful feet in each move. Your job is to listen to the music and try your best to move with the rhythm while two other persons tap and switch the bamboo poles on the ground and against each other.