Chiang Kham - A Tai Lue Festival - 2017

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  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The Tai Lue are one of the many ethnic groups living in North Thailand that make the North such a fascinating place to ride a motorbike around.

    Originally from S-W China, the Tai Lue has one of the oldest recorded histories, with the Lue Kingdom in Yunnan in 1180. In 1570 this Lue Kingdom was divided into 12 tax collection regions now known as Sipsongpanna.

    Conflicts between competing kingdoms plus battles with the Burmese saw many Lue migrate south to the North of Laos, Thailand & Myanmar.

    In North Thailand the 2 centuries of wars between Burma & Siam also saw much of the ravaged & depopulated. When the Burmese were defeated King Kawila from Chiang Mai set about capturing Lue to re populate towns in the North. In 1805 10,000 Yong from Muang Yong were settled in Lamphun. Nan was repopulated starting from the early 1790s. In 1790, 585 families from Muang Yong were settled in Nan. In 1812, another 6,000 war captives from Muang La, Muang Phong (in Sipsongpanna) and from Luang Phu Kha (northern Laos) were resettled in Nan. Some later came voluntarily because of civil war & anarchy in Sipsongpanna in the 1830s. A civil war in 1836-37 between two aristocratic factions over precious elephants from Laos saw a group of Lue from Muang La (in southern Sipsongpanna) to seek safety in Nan. They established three villages near Thawangpha - Nong Bua, Ton Hang and Don Mun. Later others followed & there are now more than 50 Lue villages in the area.

    From Nan many Lue also settled in Phayao province – Chiang Muan, Pong, Chiang Kham.
    Chiang Kham is now recognized as the Lue Cultural Centre of North Thailand; & they usually have an annual Lue Cultural festival in March.
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    In 2017 the festival was centred on Phrathat Sop Waen temple.
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    as with all good festivals they often start with merit making at the wat.

    The money trees came in all shapes & sizes
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    more to come...
     

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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    In the grounds adjoining the temple there is a "fair ground" set up for displays on Tai Lue culture - clothes, weaving, food, dancing.
    It's a beautiful friendly, happy scene with proud Tai Lue people.
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    Lue weaving
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    absolutely beautiful weaving

    Some special dishes
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    Dancing shows by various schools
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    Senior citizens
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    Lue beauties
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    a parade & a night show to come
     

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  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The main parade is on the Saturday afternoon.
    It was a long parade with many different Lue villages - communities participating, all with their distinct Tai Lue costumes with beautiful colours & stunning women. (IMHO Lue women are the best looking women in North Thailand, & they win more beauty contests than anyone else in the North.)

    It took a long time for the villagers to arrive & gather
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    There was heaps of time for selfies ++
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    more to come..
     

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  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Different village groups
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  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A few parade "stars."
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    Excited onlookers
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  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A few beauties & classics
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    only a night show to come.
     

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  8. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    What a beautiful traditional clothing....
     
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The night time show officially gets under way
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    There are multiple dance shows presenting various ethnic costumes, representing the inhabitants of Chiang Kham district - Thai, Lue, Hmong, Yao, Shan, Pa O & Chinese .
    You probably never notice this that much just riding through, but the hills & surrounding areas of Chiang Kham are populated by many different peoples. Chiang Kham really is a bit of a melting pot for different ethnic peoples.

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    The shows
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    The crowd enjoying the show Tai Lue style
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    A Lue entertainer & MC
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    Lue belle of the night
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    The Lue senior citizens get it on
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    An absolute super spectacle of Lue culture & the unknown beauty of Chiang Kham.
    Dont miss Chiang Kham's annual Lue festival.
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    For anyone interested Ban Thi, on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, but in Lamphun province, also has a smaller Lue festival next month, a couple of days before Songkran I think it is. Maybe 10-13 April I think.

    Some Lue links on GTR

    In Doi Saket there is a Lue Cultural Centre
    Doi Saket -pottering around - the Tai Lue

    In Chiang Khong there is a Lue Museum
    Chiang Khong - Khamu New Year - The Tai Lue Lai Kham museum - a CK meander

    Sri Dornchai in Chiang Khong has a Lue festival every year
    Ok Phansa - Tod Kathin Festival - 2015 - Sri Dornchai - Chiang Khong.

    Muang Sing in Northern Laos usually has a Lue festival in November
    Chiang Mai - Muang Sing (Boun That Xieng Teung festival) - Return.

    Wat Si Lom Yen, S-W of CHiang Khong usually has a huge Kathin festival in October every year
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    Nan is full of Lue temples
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    Chiang Kham is at the start of R1148, one of North Thailand's most popular biking roads.
    It is also on the GTR Golden Triangle Loop map.
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  10. Jurgen

    Jurgen Moderator

    A great story and a fine place to observe how the Lue are keeping their culture and traditions alive ... and yes, the North Thailand's ethnic diversity is a great enticement to travel around the "Golden Triangle" regions.
     

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