Mai Chau Tour 2 Days: The Custom of Mai Chau Thais
Just as other ethnic subgroups of Thai people, Thai people in Mai Chau have their own scripts and traditions. You will be able to explore some of the most unique customs retained and followed by the native Thais in Mai Chau within the duration of Mai Chau Tour 2 days.
Speaking of the customs and practices of the Maichau Thais, one would have to mention typical festivals, New Year’s Day, weddings, funerals, parades, floor mats and mystical priests whose unusual actions can hardly be explained by rigid science.
Maichau Thais used to celebrate a multitude of festivals such as the rain festival, well-wishing festivals in Muong Village and “Xen Muong”, however, these traditions have been discontinued thanks to historical reasons. It was not until 2010 that the local administration of Mai Chau re-established the festival “Xen Muong” – a festival of great significance to the cultural and spiritual life of Maichau Thais. The ceremony will be moderated by the prestigious priests, including sacrificing to the heaven and the earth, advantageous weather, bumper harvest and better life. The party section is jubilant with the dances of Thai boys and girls, folk games and outlets exhibiting Thai brocade and typical Thai cuisine. The festival is held once a year.
Maichau Thai people celebrate various feasts during the tenure of a year especially the New Rice Ceremony, which is held once a year after the harvest. It’s fabulous if your Mai Chau Tour 2 Days coincides with the onset if Mai Chau Thais’ New Rice Ceremony. The New Rice feast signals the closure of the last year’s cycle of production and the opening of a new production cycle. Every Thai family always celebrates new rice twice a year, when the household consumes its first bowl of harvest and make ancestral offerings. After the harvesting finishes, siblings will appoint a person among themselves to perform the ceremony. If the house has three sons, they take turns to perform and ensure that every household perform the ceremony. The New Rice Ceremony, although confined in only one day and one night, is the most joyful day of the year as people take time to rest and entertain themselves, to cook their agricultural produce and to express gratitude to the ancestors. It is the transitional moment from the old season to the new season, the integration between heaven and earth, the moment of bonding among members of the community. Currently, Maichau Thais’ social life, the new rice festival and New Year’s Day has merged into one. New Year Ceremony both kicks up a new year and open a new production season. Despite the fact that the Tet Holiday has differed from what it used to be, the memory of the old New Year is still engraved in the minds of all Thais.
Wedding ceremonies amongst Maichau Thais are extremely unorthodox. Before getting into a married life, the bride must weave by herself enough clothes for her husband’s family and also a set of pillow covers and bedclothes in Thai textile for the couple. In organizing ceremonies with respects to the couple’s marriage, “lung ta” (older or younger brother of the bride’s mother) plays an important role as he presumes a high position in the family. At the Thai wedding ceremony, the bride and groom must be present at the bride’s or girl’s house on the wedding day. Only after a few days or around ten days could the bridegroom’s family receive the bride. The groom is expected to remain resident in the bride’s house for one to three years. The groom’s family must bring agricultural products such as pigs, chickens, rice, glutinous rice, wine and firewood to the bride’s family as the bride price. This practice hold high respect for the bride family, reflecting the prestigious status of the bride family used to attain in the previous era.
The funerals of the funeral also differ from those of other peoples. Funerals are carried out in the following steps: body bathing, shedding, initiation, and parental thanksgiving, donate. Coffins are usually made of the trunk of a tree, when a person in the house is critically ill, the casket is fixed, the coffin is covered with colored paper, the brocade roof is made of bamboo frames. Raise the broom with a straight, 5m long bark, shave off the middle shell and fold the cloth so that the coffin is clean, free from bumps. Then the villagers used the broom to carry the coffin to the tomb. When the parents passed away for the girls in the house, they each donated a pig to the family, both to their parents and to help them make the feast thanks to the villages, relatives and deceased parents). For relatives, villagers near and far, depending on their feelings, can help with money and alcohol.
The custom that dictates the order of sitting in the stilt house is also a highly cultural note. The home of the altar is centered, the oldest, or even younger but higher in the family, when the home is occupied or even sitting in the normal seat is also seated. Position on the solemn, then ranked in turn on the shoulder. That shows respect for hierarchical order in Thai family and society.
Speaking of customary Thai Mai Chau custom, one cannot skip the call ceremony. In the spiritual life of the Thai people, the master (the worshiper) plays a very important role, a character who has the power to gain access to the divine world, thus, one of the indispensable characters. In the ceremony call the teacher. The family calling ceremony is held by family members who have been sick or have not survived. The ceremony took about 1 to 2 hours, after completion, the house to clean the tray for the teacher, the same time all sit together in the tray on the young, Daughter, daughter in law; Young children are often served in the kitchen or in the kitchen, everyone wishes after the ceremony will be healthy and lucky.
Come to Mai Chau – a famous place, visitors will experience the type of cultural – ecological – community tourism, learn the customs, habits, daily routine of ethnic minority Thai here with our Mai Chau Tour 2 Days.