Buddhist New Year

Being a foreigner and living is an Asian country has its challenges. Think of language, local cultural gestures, patience, and many other things that one may not encounter when on holiday. There are of course great positives to living in Asia as we compare weather, people’s friendliness, amazing scenery and often prices. One that you cannot mention without a big smile must be the public holidays. As a foreigner you can take basically any public holiday any calendar states, from Buddhist to Christian Holidays. The favorite holidays for any person are the Western, Chinese and Buddhist New Year celebrations. On 31 December we party like the Westerners do, the end of January or early February we do as the Chinese do for 3 days and mid April we welcome for 3 days the Buddhist New Year. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand all celebrate from 13 April to 15 April the New Year. According to the Buddhist Calendar the year 2560 dawns upon us. For most foreign people it means a few days off and getting away from all the celebrations, where it means for the locals to join hands and party with family and friends until your legs refuse to carry you any longer. Perhaps that is the reason why those 3 days off usually result in local people not showing up for work for another week after the New Year…