Leisure Recreation and the Arts

Lahu men and women have little leisure time except during festivals, especially the Lahu New Year Festivals, as well as some ritual occasions. Married couples are expected to enjoy their leisure time together. The traditional ways to spend leisure time include socializing with relatives, feasting, singing, and dancing. Prior to the 1990s, one of the most popular entertainments in festivals and rituals was singing and listening to traditional Lahu songs, which address topics such as origin myths, migration legends, courtship, and love-pact suicide. Such songs are ideally sung antiphonally by a male and a female (Du, 1995) and the audience appreciates the singers' knowledge of conventional verses and their creativity and spontaneity. If a few equally talented singers rotate to sing antiphonally to each other, such singing sessions may last as long as several days and nights, drawing large crowds of thrilled listeners. Since the 1980s, watching television, videos, and movies, as well as playing basketball and billiards, have become increasingly popular, especially among the youth.

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