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EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN LAOS

Laos is celebrating many annual festivals called "Boun" in Lao language which are particularly pleasant and beautiful, signifying traditional aspects of the Lao lifestyle. Most festivals are related to religion and to the annual cycle of rice cultivation. The timing of the festivals is calculated by using the Buddhist lunar calendar, so changes every year. Please check the latest information before visiting these events.

FESTIVALS ON JANUARY

Lao National Military day

Lao National Military day

Birthday of the January 20, 1949 
January 20, 1949 was constituted Lao army, independent. 

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FESTIVALS ON FEBRUARY

Wat Phou Festival

Wat Phou Festival

Each year, at the full moon of the 3rd month of lunar calendar, the Wat Phou festival is attracting a lot of believers.
This pilgrimage coincide with the Makha Busa Buddhist festival.

 

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Sikhottabong Festival

Sikhottabong Festival

This religious festival is taking place at Sikhottabong's stupa, located about 8km south of Thakhek. 
A trade fair is also organized to display and sell products from districts of the central province as well as from Thailand  with more than 130 booths available.

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The Elephant Festival - Trade Fairs

The Elephant Festival - Trade Fairs

The event proposes a tournament of more than 50 elephants came from many villages and towns in order to elect "the Elephant of the Year". 
Elephants's parades, mahout's demonstrations, Buddhist's blessings, fun fairs, night markets, and live music and dance performances are also part of the festival...    

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Boun Khao Chi - Makhaboucha

Boun Khao Chi - Makhaboucha

This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar.
In This nationwide festival there is a morning ceremony at the temple ("wat") which commemorates the Dharma of Lord Buddha after his enlightenment. 
The festival is marked by parades of worshippers bearing candles by singing and playing religious's music.

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FESTIVALS ON MARCH

Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan - Rice Ceremony

Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan - Rice Ceremony

In the harvest festival, or Boun Khoun Khao, the Lao people is performing a ceremony called "Baci" in order to give thanks to the spirit of the land.

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Boun Phavet

Boun Phavet

Between January and March, each Buddhist temple, depending on its occasion, celebrates once a year the Boun Phavet Sandone or the feast of the great Buddha reincarnation (Boun Mahaxad)

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FESTIVALS ON APRIL

Boun Pi Mai - Lao New Year

Boun Pi Mai - Lao New Year

Boun Pimai Lao, the Lao New Year Festival also known under the name “Boun Hot Nam” (Watering Festival) is a celebration in which population celebrates the Lao new year (which correspond at the start of their Lunar calendar).

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FESTIVALS ON MAY

Boun Bang Fai - Rocket Festival

Boun Bang Fai - Rocket Festival

The festival is a call for rain and a celebration of fertility. In the afternoon, people gather in the fields on the outskirts of villages and towns in order to launch home-made rockets. Different communities compete for the best decorated rocket and the best firing of rocket.

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Boun Visakhaboucha

Boun Visakhaboucha

This festival is held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for the Buddha. 
Candlelight's processions are held in temples to commemorate birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha on the same day.

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FESTIVALS ON JUNE

International Children day

International Children day

Like every year, students meet together at their school to celebrate and to receive gifts. This is an opportunity to get together with teachers, students and parents for a musical and danceable party.
This festival marks the end of classes, which will resume in the first days of September.

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National Tree Planting Day

National Tree Planting Day

on June 1st , There is an annual event in which the population at large is encouraged to plant trees.

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FESTIVALS ON JULY

Boun Khao Phansa Festival - Buddhist Lent

Boun Khao Phansa Festival - Buddhist Lent

Boun Khao Phansa celebrates the beginning of Buddhist Lent. During the next three-month period, monks will spend most of their time to prayer and meditation and are forbidden to go outside the pagoda at the night.

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FESTIVALS ON AUGUST

FESTIVALS ON SEPTEMBER

Boun Ho Khao Padabdine

Boun Ho Khao Padabdine

It is an offering ceremony to the dead people. At Luang Prabang, there is also a boat racing festival.

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Boun Suang Heua - Boat racing festival

Boun Suang Heua - Boat racing festival

As every year in late August or early September, there is the boats's race festival, which take place in many villages around the Mekong and its many tributaries .

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Boun Khao Salak

Boun Khao Salak

This festival takes place during the full moon of the tenth year. 
Baskets of all things are offered to monks and novices. Then each family writes on scraps of paper a few words in memory of his ancestors, to wish them what there are better. At first, papers met in a cup of money before being read aloud to any assistance.

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FESTIVALS ON OCTOBER

Naga Rocket

Naga Rocket

The fireballs coming out from the water's surface, can be seen once a year on the last night of Lent Buddhist. The Naga Rockets can be spotted in Thaprabath District, Bolikhamxay Province, there where the Nam Ngum and the Mekong river meet. 
As well as in Pak Ngum District, 60 km east of Vientiane.

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Boun Ok Phansa

Boun Ok Phansa

This is the feast of the end of Lent Buddhist, which takes place on the 8th lunar month. 
This day also represents the resumption of festivals which were traditionally interrupted during the 3 months of Lent. 

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Handicraft Festival

Handicraft Festival

Each year, Over 200 Lao artisans come from all the country to Vientiane to participate at the International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (ITECC).

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That Luang Festival and Trade Fair in Vientiane Capital

That Luang Festival and Trade Fair in Vientiane Capital

Boun That Luang or The grand Stupa Festival. 
Every year, at full moon in November, we celebrate at Laos, the "Boun That Luang".
It's one of the most honored festival in Lao in which more than hundred of thousands of lao coming from all the country gather at That Luang in Vientiane Capital, the National Symbol of Laos builded in 1566.

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FESTIVALS ON NOVEMBER

FESTIVALS ON DECEMBER

Lao National Day

Lao National Day

December 2, 1975, the "Pathet Lao" (the Lao people) announces the abolition of the monarchy and proclaim the Laos Popular Democratic Republic. The Prince Souphanouvong Thao is then sworn president.

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Hmong New Year

Hmong New Year

The Hmong's New Year is celebrated between mid-December until January, depending on Hmong calendar.  
This festival is celebrated in the provinces of Oudomxay, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

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