Nourished by the Same River Eternal Celebrations
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The Lancang-Mekong River area probably sees more festivals than any other region in the world. Some still observed today are very ancient and from them we can gain a sense of the feelings of the local people. But festivals can be very cohesive for a nation, as when preparing for a common festival, people sharing a common culture and values are brought together and feel very close.
The peoples living in this region not only share a similar cultural background, but often even the same festivals, as in the case of Spring Festival and Water Splashing Festivalâ€¦ and apart from these commonly-shared festivals, each nation has its ownâ€¦ such as Thailand's Umbrella Festival and Elephant festival, Cambodian's Water Festival, and the Dragon and Torch festivals in China's Yunnan Province.
By enabling us to share the experience of a Lao girl participating in a unique beauty competition during Water Splashing Festival, and by letting us observe preparations for Spring Festival activities in Vietnam, and much more besides, this program explains a little of the relationship between festivals and nature, and the relationship between religion and agriculture, in this region nourished by the great Lancang-Mekong River.