Lawa are the local tribes which inhabit the north of Thailand; they build their villages scattered in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces. It is believed that they were the first owners of the area along Ping River before it would be occupied by the Thai in later times. Lawa prefer to stay both at the high altitude and valley plains land; each village will consist of about 20-100 families. Lawa’s house style is always high platform wooden house and they have single family system and rely on the male descended; that is, after married the female has to move into the male’s family. They have a doctrine to faith of spirit worship and are combined with other religions. The style of dress of Lawa people is that Lawa women wear long white shirt, cover the hip with narrow short-knee sarongs alternating white or red bands and a puttee on the shin. The lifestyle of Lawa is similar to other hill tribes, for example doing rice farms, current farms, fruit and vegetable planting, and livestock.

Lawa New Year Celebration.
Lawa’s New Year celebration is the ghost party ceremony which is called “Ta Ngaw”. It is the biggest and the most important ceremony in the community; it will be held during December-January and considered as the beginning month of New Year. It is very popular to commence the ceremony on Tuesday of the waxing moon. The ceremony will last for 3 days: the first day is the preparation day, the second day is the ghost party ceremony, and the third day is the day that people cannot leave the village. Throughout the duration of the event, the Lawa will dress themselves in tribal dresses with nice decoration.

Lawa Tribe House
Lawa Tribe
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