Lahu had the original abode in Tibet and lived in the southwest of China, later gradually evacuated to the south of China, and there are some of them moved into the northeast of Myanmar over the period of 100 years already. After that they have moved to populate in the north of Thailand, such as in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, and Kamphaeng Phet provinces. Lahu are the most famous hunter; they believe in spirits worship doctrine and other religions for the rest of them. Lahu are the second largest group in Mae Hong Son after Karen, and settle scattered in the north of the province. Lahu can be divided into 2 groups, Red Lahu and Black Lahu. The exact variation of these two groups are dressing the black and blue cloth will be used depending on what group of they are and decorating with colorful cloth with nice designs. The style of dress and designs will be different according to each group of them. Lahu prefers to build their villages on high land at higher altitudes 1,000 m. above sea level. Generally, Lahu’s houses are usually made of bamboos with high platform, thatched roof on high stilts, a ladder leads to an open central living area, one big bedroom with partition if necessary according to the size of the family, and the main room normally has a central fireplace. Most Lahu are single family with simple lifestyle they earn their living by hunting, rice farming, corn planting, other fruits and vegetables; planting, raising pigs, chickens, cows and buffaloes for use in rituals and consumption in household.
Lahu New Year Celebration.
This is the most enjoyable time of the Lahu Tribe after their painstaking work all year round. They dress themselves in their new colorful dresses and celebrate their wonderful parties with full drinking and eating. The Lahu prefer to celebrate New Year’s Day between March-April; the celebration of the Lahu will last for 4-5 days. It is divided into female’s New Year and male’s New Year. On the first day there will be the ceremony to worship the ancestors; on the second day every family will give the typical dessert that is made with steam-sticky rice mixes with sesame, to every house in the village. Then it is the time to celebrate New Year’s Day; there will be dancing, throwing fun with the sub-agents. On the later days they will go to visit the other villages by bringing the typical dessert which they make on their own, and pork to give to the head of each village. The day ends with enjoying together with drinking and dancing.