After many jokes, the elders of the village start making small speeches about topics they find important. The speeches might be about relationships between family members or philosophical and religious topics.
After several hours and a lot of snacks, cigarettes and drinks, the men will go back to the village, loudly singing prayers on the way down. The afternoons are often spent on the village square, dancing and singing traditional songs or competing in an archery contest. In the evenings, there are traditional Tibetan parties at the community center.
There are 30 families living in the village of Jiabe on the shores of the Mekong, but the village is more lively than a midsize town in a Western country during Losar. Happy New to Year of the Monkey to all of our readers!
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