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Karen New Year

The Karen New Year is celebrated generally in February before growing rice. The time to celebrate Karen New Year is decided by the village witch doctor. The tradition usually involves the village sorcerer binding every villager’s wrist with a sacred thread, while the head of each family brings their own spirit as an offering.

The first spirit is an offering to the guardian spirit of the forest to protect the villagers and to help grow crops. Later, everyone drinks together and celebrate the tradition.