This evening we had the great fortune to have dinner with a local Lao family. The family prepared a traditional meal, gave us luck bracelets which tied us to the family and granted us permission (by the ancestors) to enter the home and be peaceful within. We had a beautiful ceremony with two elders and an excellent dinner lovingly prepared by our hosts.
Our host explained the customs of the bracelets and the ceremony.
She also explained how the food was made and what the ingredients were that were used.
Our whole group loved this experience which gave us a new appreciation and respect for the Lao people, their traditions, culture and food!
Video of ceremony here: