How is your family important to you?

The family is the fundamental unit of Lao society and most people believe spending time with their family is essential to forge strong bonds. When most people think of family, they think of those who are tied to them through marriage or a blood relationship. National Family Day is celebrated annually in Laos on December 24. 


Ms Songkan Soulivongkham, a second year student at the National University of Laos: The strongest and most steadfast provider of love is one’s family, and family ties are without doubt the most supportive. I’m happy whenever I’m with warm and loving people, as they give me everything without expecting anything in return. Family members take care of each other every day.

Ms Ta, a resident of Xaythany district: When your family has a problem you all have to help each other to solve it. You don’t need to get over-emotional when you feel angry because in a family every person is with you. Families don’t sever relationships. I love my family very much and I love my little children. I teach them to be useful members of society because families are important units of society. When family members behave well then society is at peace and so is the country. 

Ms Noy Singxaixana, a resident of Chanthabouly district:  There’s nothing so important as family, especially your parents, who are the ones who gave you life and nurtured you. It’s everyone’s responsibility to take care of other people like the members of your family, including your colleagues, friends, and your partner, as all of these people are also closely connected to you. Even though you marry a man whom you only got to know as an adult, your parents still think of you as being their baby. If you value and respect your family you will know true love and happiness.

Mr Punya Paxakone, a resident of Chanthabouly district: I often misbehave but my family always stands beside me and always takes care of me. I love my family more than I can say and return their love and care. My family is so important to me because I could never have grown up without them. If you have problems the first thing you think of is your family. I promise I will try to make my family a model in our village. I will teach my children to be kind and to be part of a warm family.

Mr Leng Ya, a resident of Parkhat district, Xieng Khuang province:  I don’t think any family is perfect - some are poor and others are wealthy - but it’s what’s in your heart and how you conduct relationships that’s important. I have lived in Vientiane for two years for study and work. My family can’t support my education because they are simple farmers, but they give me love and care, which demonstrates the true value of family. To most people, family means your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters and other relatives, but to me family includes friends, girlfriends and people in the office because all of these can help you when you’re worried or upset.

By Phouthong Sivongsa
(Latest Update December 26, 2018)

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