This is one of our co-teachers in a little northern town with four of her students dressed up for some festival. They're all from a small school way out in the rice field, in a small town where everyone is poor, poor, poor.
There are lots of these festivals, and everybody has a great time. These girls probably participated in a Thai Dancing contest in some shabby pavillion somewhere, after a short parade. It's a real lesson for Americans: in a poor village like this, no one has anything, but most people are completely satisfied with their lives.