Akha Festival to celebrate new farming season

Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The Akha new farming season starts around mid August to early September. Every village decides on the exact date themselves after the elders meet and choose what they deem to be appropriate days. The festival last for 4 days and it is during this time that the old village swing in pulled down and a new one constructed. All the Akha in the village plus any guests can play on the swing during the time of the festival, but to touch it at another time of the year is to bring very bad luck.

Recently most Akha villages have been converted to Christianity by missionaries, but Baan Apa near Chiang Rai is one of the few remaining Akha villages where the traditional beliefs and practices still take place.

The festival this year started on the 19th and finished on the 22nd. I and some Mirror Foundation volunteers stayed at the village on the 19th and 20th and left on the morning of the 21st of August.

Attached are some pictures that hopefully tell you a bit about our stay.
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