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Lao Festivals & Events.

Laos cerebrates many annual festivals called “Boun” which are particularly enjoyable and beautiful, signifying traditional aspects of Lao lifestyle. Most festivals are connected with religion and the yearly rice farming cycle. The timing of the festivals is calculating according to the Buddhist lunar calendar.


03-04 February
Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan (Rice Ceremony)

It is a harvest festival held at Songkhon District in Savannakhet Province. “Basi” ceremony is performed in order to give thanks to the land.  


15-16 Februry
Boun Khao Chi

The ceremony is held at the “Wat” (temple) in the morning, when a special “bread made of sticky rice” is offered. This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar.



At the same period, similar festivals are celebrated in many provinces


Sikhottabong festival in Khammouane Province 

Thai traditional religiois festival is held at Sikhottabang Stupa, located about 8 kilometers to the south of Thakhek town. The stupa was built between the 9th and 10thCentury by King Nantahsena and was restored to its original grandeur during the 1950's.


Wat Phou Festival in Champasack Province

This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar on the grounds of enhancing pre-Angorian Wat Phu ruins in Champasack. Festivities include elephant races, buffalo fights, cock fighting, traditional Lao music and dance performances. To coincide with the festival, a trade fair is also held to showcase products originating from southern Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Wat Phou Festival in Champasack Province

This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar on the grounds of enhancing pre-Angorian Wat Phu ruins in Champasack. Festivities include elephant races, buffalo fights, cock fighting, traditional Lao music and dance performances. To coincide with the festival, a trade fair is also held to showcase products originating from southern Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Boun Pha Vet

An offering ceremony where a donation is made and one’s future is read during the three day-three night festivals.


14-15-16 April
"Boun Pi Mai" Lao’s New Year


Lao's
New Year is celebrated at the same time each year (April 13-15). This year, the 16th in the first day of the New Year. On the 13th, Buddha images are taken out of the temples to be cleansed with scented water by devotees, and placed on special temporary alters within the compounds of “Wats” (temples). Devotees gather the scented water falling off the images, to take home and use it to pour on friends and relatives, as an act of cleansing and purification before entering the New Year. On the evening of the 15th, the images are returned to their proper shiners within the temples.


Boun Pimai is a time for much joyous celebration, with good deeds and prayers in anticipation the New Year.


Boun Bang Fai (Rocket festival)

A ceremony praying for rain is performed at the temple in the morning. In the afternoon, people gather in fields on the outskirts of villages and towns to launch the rockets with much abandoned revelry. Villages, communities and department compete for the “best decorated” and the “highest traveling” rocket. Beginning around the middle May, the festivals are staggered from place to place enable more participation and attendance. This is the time when an offering to the spirits can be made in a comer of one’s garden, early each morning.



15 May
Boun Visakhaboucha


This festival is held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for the Buddha. Candlelight processions are held in temples to mark the birth date
of Buddha.


13-14 July
Boun Asalahaboucha and Boun Kho Pansa (Buddhist Lent)


It is the beginning of Buddhist Lent. During the next three-month period, monks spend most of their times in prayer and meditation and the restricted from spending nights in other of the lunar calendar.

25-26 August
“Boun Khao Padabdin (Rice) and Boat Racing Festival at Luang Prabang.

At the Khao Padabdin ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offerings to dead ancestors as well as to share merits making. This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khan River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang World Heritage Town.


10 September
Boun Khao Salak (Rice)


It is for offering to be made for dead ancestors to obtain merit. Popular and exciting longboat-racing competitions are held to celebrate the River. Ths festival is held during the tenth full moon of the lunar calendar.











































 
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