Born in Laos and raised in Kansas, chef Soulayphet Schwader is celebrating the Laotian New Year with a weeklong dinner series at his New York City restaurant, Khe-Yo, from April 11-16.

Also known as Songkran or Pii Mai, the Lao New Year marks the time of year when families visit their town’s Buddhist temple to bring home-cooked meals with sticky rice to the monks, receive their blessings and spend time with their community. “Phet,” as he’s known in the restaurant, is even bringing in a special guest for the celebration: his mom, Soubanh, is coming from her home in Wichita to perform the Su-Kwan ceremony, blessing diners and giving them a special bracelet that will cleanse their spirit for the year ahead.

Try Schwader’s recipe for pouhn-pa, a poached black bass dish served during the holiday, and get your celebration on!