San Diego holds claim to the oldest Wat Lao in the United States since the Lao Diaspora began in 1975. On April 19-20th, 2014, they ushered in the Year of the Horse in style as thousands gathered to Wat Lao Buddharam on 44th street.
As in Fresno, rather than major images of a horse, the Tiger was prominent instead. More research will have to be done to discuss the significance of this.
Buddhist monks gave blessings to community members who gave offerings during tahk baht and through many other avenues to donate and build merit for themselves and their families. There were many non-profit organizations reflected at this year's New Year Festival, including Lao Golf Association, the Modern Lao Lady Association, and the Lao Parent-Teacher Association.
Masks and a dance performance from the traditional Lao epic Phra Lak Phra Lam were a part of the weekend festivities.
The youth dancers of Wat Lao Buddharam had a chance to display their skills and talents throughout the weekend to the delight of the crowd.