Piang Luang - Wiang Haeng Poi Sang long 2015

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  1. David-GTR

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    It's on this week - several days of festivities for hundreds of Shan people

    Pop on out to Piang Luang if you can.

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    The show in the evening gets underway

    There were two stages. One modern rock band at one end & the other end Traditional Shan.

    The rock end

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    This little guy was a star performer, despite his size!

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    The traditional Shan end

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    The band is a beauty. Genuine classic including the instruments.

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    Then there were some classic performances.

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  3. Jurgen

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    Seems a great venue ...despite the storm! Hope to see more pictures and will try to schedule a visit for another year (one more festival on my wishlist)
     
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    In any up-country festival like this there are some wonderful characters & faces.

    Some of the guys

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    David, you are very lucky to be stationed up North and witness all these festivals. Down south nothing compares to this.
    Incidentally, I will be on my way up north end of first week in May. Plan is to visit some places you and other GTR fellas posted on this forum, great source of info. Riding alone, 10-12 days trip.
     
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    There is a daily parade for 3 days to present the Luk Gaew Novice monks.
    Every morning it's off to the temple for a lap around the wat 3 times & then into the Wat for blessings & making merit.

    The parade was lead by a group of Palong people, local residents of Piang Luang - unknown to me Palong resident in PL - 2 kms down the road on the asphalt I was lead to believe & something to check out on another trip.

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    Great pics as usual, Thanks.
     
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    The parade around the Wat. Wat Piang Luang.

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    There are teams of guys to share the load carrying the Luk Gaew novices on their shoulders.

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    It can be hard work - some of the guys are a bit bigger & heavier.

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    Some guys get it easy

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    The young guys seem to enjoy it all

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    but not the older heavier guys.

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    Everyone pours into the Wat - Wat Piang Luang.- for merit making & a blessing.

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    The monk gives them their instructions & a blessing

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    Then the novices pay respect & chant the required text

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    more to come....it was a super time, extremely colourful.
     
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    #9 DavidFL, Apr 30, 2015
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    One of the beauties of Poi Sang Long in Piang Luang I thought was that Shan villagers came from all around the Piang Luang - Wiang Haeng valley.
    I never realized there were so many Shan living out there. In fact I'd say it is just about all Shan.

    There was a huge fair ground set up in the school yard.

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    Each group had their own sala hut where they camped for the night with their respective Luk Gaew novice monks.

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    Despite being a religious event there was loadsa music, dancing & drinking. It was a full on party time.

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    They went all night it seemed.

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    On the second day a huge storm hit in the afternoon, cancelling the afternoon parade.

    The playground became a mud field.

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    Still they partied on at night

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    In the storm one of the stages was somewhat messed up

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    Roofs damaged

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    & the power was well & truly interrupted,

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    but somehow repaired.

    Cleaning up at the Wat after the storm

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    more to come..
     
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    Fantastically colourful spectacle. Thanks for the photos David, great stuff.
     
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    A few left over photos.

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