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13 Jan 2018
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Although Christmas is not generally celebrated in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, in a religious sense at least, the majority of hilltribe villages in Chiang Rai province are Christian of one form or another. The missionaries have spent the last century or so converting entire villages from the traditional animist practices (worship of the ancestors), to Catholicism, Baptist, Presbyterian, and many other denominations.

As such, in our area, there are many villages which celebrate Christmas. Even though The Mirror Foundation is a non-religious organisation, we visit some of these villages and celebrate together with the residents. It is a way of maintaining close contacts, trust, and not only that, it's fun! There is the added bonus that it gives our volunteers a chance to celebrate Christmas far from home, and also experience the different ways other cultures practice this occasion.

Each year we go carolling with the Karen residents of Ban Huay Khom, moving from house to house, singing familiar Christmas carols in a foreign tongue. We travel en masse to eat lunches at villages with exotic names such as: Pukot, Jalae, Apa, Aja, Yafu, Nam Huay Rim, and many more besides.

Every year, the foundation puts on a Christmas/New Year party, inviting villagers to attend, and in the evening we have dinner and karaoke, with films from throughout the year put onto a big screen, and Secret Santa present swapping. This year the party falls on the 29th December.

All of us at The Mirror Foundation - staff, families, interns, and volunteers - would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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