It’s Lao New Year again so wishing you all a Sok Dii Pi Mai (literally Good Luck New Year).

The NYTimes has an excellent article on the water festivities of the New Year celebrations in Myanmar. It’s not quite Lao, but same same.

A friend told me an exquisite Lao fact that I’d never heard of before. Apparently during the Lao New Year festivities, where everyone throws water on each other, there is no need to use the toilet. If you need to go, you can just pour water over yourself while doing it. It’s perfectly acceptable for men and women to do this. What an ingenious way to combat the plague that is massive toilet queues at festival events.